“They brought some momentum, we brought none.” That was Bruins coach Claude Julien’s simple yet pointed response after his team dropped their third game in four tries last night, falling to the New York Islanders by a 3-1 score. Boston continues to struggle to generate any kind of consistent pressure, and the trouble was compacted last night by some bad decision making, another problem of late. Dougie Hamilton had the Bruins’ only goal, while Chad Johnson took the loss in net in just his second start of the season.
The Boston Bruins were able to hold the top spot in the Northeast Division for a mere 23 hours, falling to the New York Islanders tonight at the Garden by a 2-1 score. Josh Bailey tallied both goals for the Isles, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 of 31 Boston shots en route to the victory. The win brings New York’s record to 8-1-1 in their last ten games, while the Bruins temporarily fall back to fourth place in the East with their second loss in their last four.
The road has been a friendly place to the Boston Bruins so far this year. With a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders last night in Long Island, the Black and Gold wrapped up their current five game tour taking eight of a possible ten points, and also improved their season road record to 8-1-1, which is second only to the Chicago Blackhawks (8-0-2, who also haven’t lost in regulation nevermind on the road). Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand and David Krejci had goals for the Bruins and Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots en route to the victory.
Game 16: Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders
Tuesday, February 26th, 7:30pm, Nassau Coliseum, Long Island
TV: NESN, NBC Sports Network Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tomorrow night the Bruins will bring their current five game road trip to a close at the Nassau Coliseum, but also embark on a rough schedule for the remainder of the season that has a two day break between games only once more. Winners of their last three in a row, Boston faces the Islanders for the second time this season looking to improve on their league best winning percentage.
It was only a matter of time, but Tim Thomas is officially no longer a Boston Bruin. Reports surfaced a few hours ago and have since been confirmed that Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders. In return the Bruins get a conditional second round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015, with the condition being that Thomas must actually suit up for the Isles for at least a game.