An unlucky bounce off the glass gave the Bruins an insurance goal to make it 3-1. A failed Islanders five-minute powerplay that straddled the second intermission was probably their best shot to turn things around. Leading goal-scorer (23) Matt Moulson struck again, with 5:43 left, to give the Isles a shot.
By the end, the Isles outshot the B's 39-34, but a re-energized Tim Thomas helped ensure nothing came of it.
Still, this was Moulson's 20th even-strength goal of the year. I hope fans realize how impressive that is. He's leading the team in goals without the benefit of the powerplay (though he gets his share of PP ice time)
-- which is where most NHL scorers pad their stats. All he does is get in position, go to the net -- and convert. May the legend of Matty Mo continue into next season, even if his current 13.9 shooting percentage drops off a bit by then.
Evidence of Saturday Hockey
A few brief notes before opening the floor (bullets!):
John Tavares looked a little more creative at times today, but as one wondered during the game thread: I mean, surely he'll score again this season, right? It's been 17 games since the last one, and there are now 17 games left.
- Nice job by Josh Bailey and company crashing the net for the rebound on Bailey's powerplay goal that tied it at 1-1. The Bailey/Nielsen/Okposo line looked alright.
- Rob Schremp has been a steady, dependable center even when he gets the scraps in terms of wingers.
- Dustin Kohn: Jury still very much out on him (obviously -- it's early, he's young, etc.). He's being eased in, and the thin blueline all around does not help. But it's safe to say I understand why Andrew MacDonald was higher than Kohn on the organizational depth chart.
- Dwayne Roloson was fine. But if Scott Gordon says he's going with the hot hand for starts in goal now, then surely it's Martin Biron's turn next?
- The five-minute powerplay came from Michael Ryder driving Blake Comeau into the boards from behind. It wasn't as awful as that sounds -- though Comeau was down on the ice getting treatment long enough for the stretcher to come out. But it was a case where Ryder has to be more careful, considering he's staring at an opponent's numbers and driving him into the boards; it's that, or risk putting your team down for a while.
Not much else to remark. Enjoy your Saturday and leave any thoughts/reactions in ye ol' comment section.