Sunday, 3 March 2013

Boston @ NYI

On Tuesday night Boston ended their long road trip, when then took on the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. 

1st Period 

At the start of the game both BOS and NYI were both trading speedy rushes earlier. There was a great chance by the pair of Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Marchand redirected a pass from Seguin in front but it was stopped. With 7 minutes gone in the 1st BOS took the lead. BOS's Seguin fed Adam McQuaid into the zone at the right point and McQuaid who fired a shot and it got through NYI's goaltender Evgeni Nabokov's on his glove side.

There was a lot of back and forth but BOS's goaltender Tuukka Rask was looking solid with timely stops including a Michael Grabner's breakaway. With 14 minutes gone  in the first BOS's Gregory Campbell went to the box for a tripping call.

BOS managed to kill the penalty but NYI scored to tie the game 1-1. Rask went down to stop Josh Bailey but Bailey managed to fed the puck to NYI's forward Casey Cizikas who roofed it.

 Cizikas's celebrate with his team mates after a tieing goal.

It was a fairly uncharacteristic backchecked by BOS on the NYI's goal. NYI were able to chip the puck in behind the Defense and beat BOS to the scoring area. With less than 3 minutes to go in the first BOS got their first Power Play (PP) of the game, as Radek Martinek went to the box for a tripping call.

The horn sounds to end the 1st period. Score still tied at 1-1.

2nd Period

With just 38 seconds into the 2nd, Marchand scored BOS's 2nd goal and the 3rd goal of the night. BOS's Andy Ference's shot from the left point got through, and Marchand found the loose puck in front. BOS's Zdeno Chara, fed a cross ice pass to Nathan Horton on the right side, who then passed it to Milan Lucic and then Lucic backhanded it over to David Krejci on the left wing, who then ripped it in. BOS leading NYI 2-1.

 Lucic celebrating Krejci's goal.

Within 3 minutes NYI had two penalties Mark Streit went to the box for a roughing call and Lubomir Visnovsky went to the box for a delay of game call as the puck went over the glass. BOS nearly converted after Chris Bourque drove the puck from the slot and Patrice Bergeron could not put the loose puck into the net but nice job by NYI on the Penalty Kill (PK) to keep it out.

BOS went on a PP as Travis Hamonic went to the box for a hooking call. During the PP Krejci displayed his two-way play. Gone down to block NYI racing down the left wing. It was great timing to cancel the shorthanded chance. Johnny Boychuck showed his wheels with a wraparound opportunity earlier and then just had room to carry the puck into the zone and created havoc for Nabokov. BOS's Bergeron went to the box for a interference call. Rask had a fantastic save on a Streit shot from the top of the circles. Not sure how Rask saw the shot through the traffic but Rask got his right pad on to it.  With 2 minutes to go Chara went to the box for a hooking call.

The horn sounds to end the 2nd period. BOS leading the NYI 3-1.

3rd Period

Krejci had a incredible chance on the backhand and then Lucic with a one-timer stopped by Nabokov. Nathan Horton with a drive and Krejci nearly got his stick on a loose puck in front. Under 2 minutes to go NYI pulled Nabokov. Campbell with a shot from the neutral zone and the puck ended up in the net.

The horn sounds to end the game. BOS won the game 4-1.

1* Tuukka Rask
2** Brad Marchand
3*** Patrice Bergeron

BOS's next game is at home against OTT with a 7 start......

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