NEW YORK (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored three goals to lead Boston to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, giving the Bruins at least a point for the 15th consecutive game.
Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as Boston improved to 11-0-4 since its last regulation loss Dec. 14 against Washington — its best stretch since going 15-0-1 from March 2-30, 2014. Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin stopped 22 shots.
Jordan Eberle and John Tavares scored for New York, which has dropped seven of 10 — with each of the losses coming in regulation. Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves while facing fewer than 35 shots for the first time in his last 11 games.
Bergeron completed his third career hat trick — just 12 days after a four-goal, five-point night at home against Carolina — when he took a pass from Marchand, spun and fired the puck in from the left circle at 3:45 of the third period. It was his 19th goal of the season.
Tavares pulled the Islanders within two with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining with his 25th goal. Marchand capped the scoring with his 20th with just over a minute to go.
Boston won for the second straight night after giving up the first goal of the game in the first period. The Bruins did the same thing in a 4-1 win at home against Montreal on Wednesday night.
In this one, they took control with two goals in the second period and sealed it with two more in the third.
Spooner put Boston ahead 2-1 near the midpoint of the second. Off a faceoff in the Islanders’ zone to Halak’s left, Spooner backhanded the puck past the goalie for his seventh at 9:47.
Just 15 seconds after New York’s Anders Lee was sent off for tripping, Bergeron extended the Bruins’ lead to 3-1. After Torey Krug’s initial shot went off Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech’s leg, Bergeron got the puck on the right side and beat Halak for his 18th of the season with 6:11 left in the middle period. Krug got his 200th career assist.
Eberle got the Islanders on the scoreboard 7:35 into the game. Mathew Barzal intercepted Brandon Carlo’s pass in the Bruins’ zone and passed to a streaking Eberle, who beat Khudobin from the inside edge of the right circle for his 15th. Barzal got his 32nd assist and 47th point — both tops among all NHL rookies.
The Bruins tied it with 6:19 left in the first when Bergeron took a pass from Marchand and fired it past Halak from the inside edge of the right circle.
NOTES: Barzal has eight assists and 11 points in his last five games. … Islanders F Josh Bailey, headed to his first All-Star game, returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury. He had an assist on Tavares’ goal. … New York dropped to 16-3-0 in games it scored first, losing for the second straight game after taking the early lead. … The Bruins swept the three-game season series, also winning 3-1 at home on Dec. 9 and 5-1 in New York on Jan. 2. … Boston has won seven straight on the Islanders’ home ice since a 3-1 loss at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 2, 2013. That includes five visits to Barclays Center, the Islanders’ home since the start of the 2015-16 season. … Bergeron has nine goals and 14 points in his last eight games. … Marchand, the Bruins’ leader in goals, assists and points, has five goals and nine assists in his last seven games.
Bruins: At Montreal on Saturday to wrap a two-game trip.
Islanders: At Chicago on Saturday to open a three-game road trip heading into the All-Star break.
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