Bruins win matinee laugher over Islanders
The Boston Bruins are dispelling the notion that they must rely on defence to win.
Blake Wheeler and David Krejci set up each other for scores 10 seconds apart in Boston's five-goal third period to help the Bruins pull away for their 10th win in 12 games, a 7-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday afternoon.
Michael Ryder had a pair of goals for Boston, which resumed its sizzling November pace after losing at Buffalo on Wednesday. The Bruins are 10-1-1 this month.
The Bruins, who won their eighth straight at TD Banknorth Garden, have scored six or more goals in three of their past four at home.
"We put on a good show," Wheeler said. "Some people say we're too defensively minded, but we can do that and move the puck down the ice. I think it's a good recipe for us."
Chuck Kobasew, Dennis Wideman and Phil Kessel also scored for the Bruins, who trailed 1-0 early in the second period.
I just told them that we had to stick with it and things would break," Boston coach Claude Julien said.
Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders.
"They played great in the third, honestly," New York's Bill Guerin said. "They've got a scary combination. They've got size and talent. A lot of their big guys have real good talent, too, to go along with it. You don't see that a lot."
Bruins' balanced attack
Boston, which many times last season — and earlier this season — went into goal droughts, has developed a balanced scoring team.
"It's nice to have," Julien said. "Our guys are feeling good about themselves."
Manny Fernandez stopped 22 shots for Boston and is 6-0-1 after losing his first start. The Bruins have scored 20 goals in his last three starts.
With the score tied 1-1, Ryder stole Brendan Witt's attempted clearing pass at the right circle and beat partially screened goaltender Joey MacDonald with a wrister over his left shoulder 15:16 into the second period. Krejci had positioned himself in front of MacDonald.
It was just the second goal in 13 games and fourth overall for Ryder, signed as a free agent during the off-season.
About a half minute after Fernandez stopped Guerin with a sprawling stop on a clean breakaway, Wheeler one-timed Krejci's cross-ice pass past MacDonald to make it 3-1.
On the ensuing shift, Wheeler poked the puck ahead to Krejci along the left boards. Krejci cut around a defenceman and slipped a shot inside the near post.
Wideman made it 5-1 just 2:12 later, and the Islanders replaced MacDonald with Peter Mannino.
"What I said to him was, 'Hey, it's not about you, it's about making sure that you're ready to go tomorrow,' and I didn't like what I was seeing from our team," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said.
Ryder's second of the game came on a power play with just under five minutes left.
New York jumped ahead 1:46 into the game on its first shot on goal, when former Bruin Thompson fired a shot from the left wing that caromed in off the far post.
The Bruins tied it when Kobasew banged home a rebound from the edge of the crease 3:28 into the second.
Wideman hit the crossbar with a slap shot from the right point about two minutes before Boston grabbed the lead.
Wheeler had a crowd-pleasing move midway into the second when he backhanded a pass between his legs to himself and shifted around Islanders defenceman Mark Streit before being stopped by MacDonald.
The Bruins, looking to join the shopping-crazy day in the U.S. known as Black Friday, unveiled their new black third jersey for the game and took the ice to AC/DC's song Back in Black for the first two periods. They also gave out black T-shirts to the first 10,000 fans, attempting a to create a "blackout" in the stands.