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[Final] Boston Bruins 5 (EN), New York Islanders 3: Flat.

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That is no way to spend your Friday night.

"Not enough that you drag me to 162 -- no, *more* than 162 games ballgames, now you drag me to a hockey game in a basketball arena too?"
"Not enough that you drag me to 162 -- no, *more* than 162 games ballgames, now you drag me to a hockey game in a basketball arena too?"
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The New York Islanders combined a couple of self-inflicted mistakes with some unfortunate but karmically appropriate bad bounces to create a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Friday night in Brooklyn.

The loss was a poor display overall, but even more risky since it came at the front end of a traveling back-to-back. They play in St. Louis Saturday night, where the Blues are injured but still pose a major threat.

After a decent start by the home team, the scoring sequence was a seesaw affair even if the control of play was mostly in the visitors' hands. The Isles recovered from an early goal by Brett Connolly -- off a defensive zone turnover, which would be a theme for the evening -- by scoring twice in a 1:19 span late in the first period. First Josh Bailey on the power play, then Casey Cizikas on a tip-in reversed the 0-1 deficit.

But after playing to a lazy par for the first 15 minutes of the second period, pushing their luck as Boston controlled play, the Isles coughed up the lead on two turnovers that had a Calvin de Haan at the center. De Haan wasn't the only guilty party, but his play was symbolic for the team.

Having entered the second intermission down only 3-2 and just a strong push away from taking the game back again, the Isles instead found no traction against a stingy Bruins team defensive effort. The final nail in the coffin was a Ryan Spooner pass that went off both of Marek Zidlicky's skates to deflect into the goal and make it 4-2 halfway through the period.

The final score was polished by a David Krejci empty net goal and a Thomas Hickey point shot through traffic. At 5-3, an Isles too many men penalty with the goalie pulled added one more emphatic "that kind of night" to the proceedings.

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