By: Mike Grinnell
On a day that is basically owned by the NFL, the Bruins defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at the Barclays Center on Sunday to end their 3 game losing streak. Tuukka Rask made 36 saves, allowed 1 goal, and overall played a really well constructed game.
“Hopefully I can feel like that every game.” Rask told reporters after the game. “I was good today. I felt good today. The best I’ve felt in a long time.”
Coach Claude Julien seemed impressed with his goaltenders play when speaking with reporters after the game. “He played really well for us tonight. Kept us in the game. Made the saves for us tonight when we really needed them.”
The Bruins got goals from Ryan Spooner, who scored on a 5-on-3, scoring on a pass from David Krejci and putting it in the back of a wide-open net and Patrice Bergeron, who scored in the second period after his shot was deflected into the net by Islanders Dman Nick Leddy putting the Bruins up 2-0.
A familiar face got the Islanders on the board in the third period and ending Tuukka Rask’s shut out campaign. Johnny Boychuk scored on the power-play on a one-timer with just 6:18 remaining in the game.
The Bruins penalty kill currently is ranked last in the NHL allowing a goal 70.4% of the time they are killing a penalty. The Bruins killed off 6 of 7 Islander penalties Sunday night, until Boychuk’s one-timer goal.
The Bruins finished their three game road trip going 1-2 and bringing them to 7-6-1 on the year. The Bruins are off until Thursday, where they will face a struggling Colorado Avalanche at the TD Garden.
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