The TD Garden played host to the New York Islanders 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins this afternoon, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. New York Islander forward, Nikolay Kulemin, scored two goals to help his team surge past the Black and Gold. The Islanders improved their record to 17-17-8 (42 points) on the season but still remain the third worse team in the NHL. The Bruins continue to struggle at home this season, dropping their home record to 10-11-0 on the year, 23-19-5 (51 points) overall.
The Islanders scored three second-period goals within a span of 5:20, two of the goals coming from Nikolay Kulemin. Josh Bailey and Jason Chimera each tallied a goal to bring the Isles to four on the game. Thomas Greiss was in between the pipes for the Isles this afternoon, making 32 saves and picking up his 10th win of the year. The Islanders have struggled on the road this season (6-9-4) but own the Bruins at the Garden beating them 4-2 back in December.
The Bruins starting goaltender, Tuukka Rask, hit the pine after two periods, letting up three goals on 15 shots. Backup Zane McIntyre gave up the fourth Islander goal after he stepped in for Rask in the third Period.
Home Game Disadvantage
The first period played out to be a scoreless one, each team heading into the locker room with nothing to their name. The Isle’s put the first goal on the board when Kulemin notched his first out of two in the game 13:18 into the second period. New York came right back after scoring their first goal when Rask let up a softy through his pads off a Josh Bailey wrist shot to make it 2-0. The third Islander goal came when Rask stopped Cizikas on a breakaway to find Kulemin trailing behind to collect the rebound and finish it home for his second of the game. The TD Garden crowd wasn’t happy with the way the B’s fell apart and let them hear it when a collective boo began. The fourth and final goal came with 8:00 minutes left when Jason Chimera streaked for an unassisted breakaway goal.
No Goals Were Scored
13:18 NYI – Nikolay Kulemin (6) assists by Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera
15:00 NYI – Josh Bailey (6) assists by Anders Lee, Adam Pelech
18:38 NYI – Nikolay Kulemin (7) assist by Casey Cizikas
12:00 NYI – Jason Chimera (8) (SH) Unassisted
1st Star: Nikolay Kulemin, 2 goals
2nd Star: Thomas Greiss, 32 Saves, shutout
3rd Star: Casey Cizikas, 2 assists
Former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk played today after missing last game with an injury. Bruins defenseman Kevan and Colin Miller missed today’s game as they each deal with specific injuries. This game marked the first of a double-header at the Garden today as the Celtics will face the Hornets tonight at 7:30.
The Bruins look to face the Red Wings on Wednesday when the travel to Detroit. The Bruins previous meeting against the Wings ended in a 1-0 win for the Bruins.