Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders: Scorched earth

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Tim Schaller
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Tim Schaller /

The red hot Boston Bruins ventured into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday night, and came away with a 5-1 win that saw five different goalscorers.

This is getting pretty fun now, isn’t it? A young team finally hitting their stride, after a dismal beginning to their season. The Boston Bruins look deep, ready to head into the stretch run of the campaign with vigor, and intensity. The team saw five different players make the list of scorers, and anytime that happens, it is surely a sign of a team firing on all cylinders. Here’s a look period by period of the match-up.

First Period

DANTON. HEINEN. If it weren’t for that Brock Boeser kid in Vancouver, I think this is your Calder Trophy winner right here, sitting on the Boston Bruins’ third line. Only five minutes into the third, the left winger ripped a pass off a faceoff from Riley Nash past New York’s Jaroslav Halak to put the B’s up one nothing.

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However, the lead didn’t last long, as somebody apparently threw a banana on the ice (not true, but it did look as comical as that) and Brandon Carlo went for a spill, allowing Jordan Eberle to tuck the turnover behind Tuukka Rask. This would be the only offense for New York in this match-up, as the affair became one sided in the second.

Second Period

Seriously, Patrice? Can’t you just make it look hard sometimes? The first line center and best two way forward in hockey found the back of the net off a stellar grab-and-shoot play that made highlight reels everywhere:

In the speed of today’s game, that is just incredible. Patrice Bergeron has been looking fantastic as well down the stretch of the season, holding down the top line for a team primed to do damage as the year rolls along.

Third Period

Schaller. Kuraly. Acciari. How fun is this fourth line to watch? The line came alive in the third period, with Schaller and Acciari recording a goal in the later stages of the period, following Brad Marchand’s breakaway goal to put the Bruins in their final score of 5 to 1.

The fourth line ate up big, important minutes and laid the hurt on the Islanders, with physical, hurting play reminiscent of Boston Bruin hockey. If they start clicking like this for the rest of the year, the league better be on notice.

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The Road Ahead

The Bruins are back in action on Thursday night, against the Florida Panthers, which should be interesting considering both teams have snow on the ground at the moment. (Seriously. It snowed in Tallahassee.) The team is looking primed to win more games on this hot streak, with games against lackluster teams in Florida, Montreal, and Pittsburgh. If this play from the team continues, it should be one hell of a ride.