Islanders Defeat Bruins, 4-1
Thursday, 02.15.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
Uniondale, NY -- In the first of six games on the road, the Boston Bruins fell to the New York Islanders, 4-1, thanks in large part to the outstanding goaltending of former Boston University Terrier, Rick DiPietro, and two goals by former Bruin forward, Randy Robitaille.
Glen Murray scored the lone Boston goal.
The B's had visited New York Thursday in the fourth and final game between these teams this season and the second of two games of this season's series at Nassau Coliseum.
After two days of travel delays, Tim Thomas started in goal for the Bruins where he tried to improve on a short personal and team two-game win streak.
The game started well for the B's, with the Black & Gold controlling the puck for most of the first period and Thomas making 12 saves. But Jeff Tambellini beat Thomas at 15:56 with help from Mike Silinger to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead.
DiPietro, a Winthrop native, started in goal for New York, and made 12 saves in the first against his hometown team.
However, it didn't take long for the Bruins to tie the score up in the second period.
On the power play, forward Glen Murray was the beneficiary of some beautiful passing from Marc Savard and Phil Kessel at just :32, when he sniped a goal past the Islanders goaltender. It was the 27th goal for the veteran forward that has been fighting through a groin strain and was questionable to play in the game before the drop of the puck.
Both Thomas and DiPietro made some outstanding plays in the middle stanza with "The Rick" keeping the Bruins on their toes thanks to his puck moving ability.
Thomas, however, made the save of the period with less than a minute to go in the session when he put his right pad on an Andy Hilbert shot to keep the game knotted, 1-1, going into the second break.
The Islanders put the game away in the third.
DiPietro continued to shut the door on the Bruins to finish with 24 saves on the evening. Silinger scored the game winning goal at 10:56. Then, his teammate Randy Robitaille scored his 9th of the season at 16:44. Robitaille also added an empty netter at 19:37 to seal the game for the Islanders.
"We started to press a little bit," said B's head coach Dave Lewis. "Time was running out, and that created a two-on-one, and it ended up in the net (for the 3rd NY goal).
"You have to score some goals on the road. You're not going to win hockey games just getting one.
"We are not playing a dear enough price -- we have too many guys that haven't scored for 10, 15, 20-games and that's not good enough," said Lewis.
The Bruins traveled to Buffalo following the game on Long Island and will face the Sabres on Saturday evening.