Final, 4-2 Bruins: The B’s had about 3,000 chances at an empty-net goal, including Chara ringing iron on a backhand from the blue line, but none of them made their way into the net.
They didn’t need it though, and they finished off this 4-2 victory at home.
Third period, 6:27, 4-2 Bruins: That one ought to do it, and boy was it pretty.
Dougie Hamilton made an excellent breakout pass from the right faceoff circle all the way cross to Brad Marchand breaking up the boards in front of the benches. Marchand passed over to Bergeron, who was streaking up the middle free for a breakaway. Bergeron put an absolute beauty of a move on DiPietro and made it look too easy, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead with just over six minutes left to play.
Third period, 12:53, 3-2 Bruins: The B’s are back on top after Milan Lucic fed Zdeno Chara at the top of the faceoff circle and Chara lifted a wrister over DiPietro’s shoulder and under the crossbar for the go-ahead goal.
It was Bergeron’s first goal of the season and Hamilton’s second assist of the night.
Third period, 20:00, 2-2: The third period is under way.
End of second period, 2-2: Rick DiPietro looked just fine at the end of that period, stopping a Chris Kelly one-time bomb from the high slot and then doing enough to hold his ground during a mess in front of the net to keep this one knotted at two goals apiece.
The Bruins have 21 shots through two periods, and the Islanders have 20.
Second period, 3:46, 2-2: A good news/bad news scenario for the Bruins. The good news — they’re on the power play again. The bad news? Well, the power play hasn’t been a bright spot for a few years now, and things are off to a similar situation this year. On their last PP, the Bruins hardly even had the puck at all and gave up more chances than they created.
They’re going with Marchand-Bergeron-Bourque up front, with Hamilton and Peverley on the blue line to start this one.
Second period, 6:18, 2-2: The power play couldn’t get it done, but no matter, as the Bruins tie things up on a Gregory Campbell goal.
David Krejci threw a shot on net from the half boards, and DiPietro kicked the rebound right to Campbell, who buried it to tie things 2-2. Chris Kelly was credited with the secondary assist, and it’s Campbell’s first goal of the year.
Second period, 9:42, 2-1 Islanders: Casey Cizikas goes to the box for hooking, and the Bruins get another chance to try to crack that Islanders PK, which has been perfeect on the year.
Second period, 10:10, 2-1 Islanders: Keith Aucoin finds the back of the net again to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.
The puck bounced out of a mess of bodies to Rask’s left and ended up landing in the slot. Aucoin stepped up and got into a slapper that beat Rask high to the glove side.
Second period, 13:05, 1-1: Zdeno Chara got caught out of position and had to essentially tackle John Tavares in open ice. The B’s were able to kill off the penalty, highlighted by a crushing Dennis Seidenberg on Frans Nielsen and a Daniel Paille partial breakaway attempt, which DiPietro was able to handle.
Second period, 19:23, 1-1: The Islanders nearly get an early power-play goal, but video review showed that Rask was just able to keep a puck out of the net when it looked to be a bit loose on his back.
End of first period, 1-1: The B’s got a power play out of that mess but can’t capitalize, and Chris Kelly gets whistled for tripping with 20 seconds left in the period. Rask had to make a nice toe save to keep the score knotted at 1-1, and the Isles will be on the power play to start the second.
First period, 3:27, 1-1: We nearly had another fracas, but Shawn Thornton was technically the third man in, so a linesman broke up the potential fight.
The whole thing started when Paille bundled Brian Strait in the corner. Matt Martin came to his teammate’s defense and challenged Paille in the neutral zone. Paille wanted nothing to do with it but eventually agreed to drop the gloves. Just as he dropped ’em, Thornton came in to defend Paille.
When it got sorted out, Martin got four minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, Thornton got a 10-minute misconduct, and Paille got a two-minute misconduct. The B’s get a power play out of the ordeal.
First period, 8:47, 1-1: The Islanders tie it up. Just 30 seconds after Brad Boyes missed an easy scoring opportunity, Colin McDonald wrapped around the net at full speed and passed in front of the net to Keith Aucoin. He did the rest, and this one’s tied up 1-1.
First period, 14:04, 1-0 Bruins: Bruins fans are getting their money’s worth early on, as they’ve now seen a goal and a fight. Milan Lucic just dropped the mitts with Matt Carkner, knocking the 227-pound Islander to the ice with a hard right to the face.
First period, 15:08, 1-0 Bruins: Dougie Hamilton fired one up from the point with Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton camped out in front of the net.
Thornton was able to corral the rebound and bury it to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.
It’s Thornton’s first goal of the year and Hamilton’s second career point. Rick DiPietro had stopped just one shot (a Thornton slapper from 45 feet) before the goal.
First period, 17:16: Dennis Seidenberg gets an unfriendly welcome back to the ice, as Matt Martin leveled the defenseman behind the Bruins’ net. It caused the puck to squirt free, but Rask pounced on it to avoid any damage.
First period, 20:00: The puck has been dropped, and we’re under way at the Garden.
7:03 p.m.: The Bruins will go with Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin up front, Chara-Boychuk on the blue line and Rask in net.
7 p.m.: The Islanders will start this one with Moulson-Tavares-Okposo up front, Hamonic-MacDonald at the blue line and DiPietro in net.
6:42 p.m.: Dennis Seidenberg skated alongside Dougie Hamilton in warmups, and it looks like he’ll be in there when the puck drops.
5:30 p.m.: Good evening from the TD Garden, where the Boston Bruins are looking to rebound from their overtime loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night. The B’s will be hosting the New York Islanders, fresh off a 7-4 victory over the Maple Leafs last night.
Boston fans will be seeing Rick DiPietro in net for the Isles tonight. The former BU star and New England native will be seeing his first action of the year. Considering the oft-injured netminder played in just eight games last year, he might be a bit rusty.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is expected in net, and Dennis Seidenberg is expected to return to the lineup after missing Monday’s and Wednesday’s games with a lower-body injury. We’ll know in warmups if Seidenberg is indeed a go.
I’ll be providing updates from warmups right through the final horn, both here and on Twitter, so check back all night as the B’s look to add another tally to the win column.