Friday night turned out to be the New York Islanders second loss of the season as they couldn’t handle the Boston Bruins at Barclays.
New York Islanders 2 (4-2-1, 9 pts)
Boston Bruins 5 (3-3-1, 7 pts)
Full Game Box Score
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
By Robby Sabo
Sometimes the hockey gods decide to just not smile down upon you on a certain night. And while most nights during this young 2015-16 NHL campaign have been blessed ones, Friday night at Barclays Center turned sour.
The Boston Bruins took care of business in Brooklyn on Friday night as they upended the New York Islanders by the final of 5-3.
#NHLBRUINS WIN! pic.twitter.com/G5Dxk1Byoo
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 24, 2015
David Pastrnak broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period to give Boston a lead they’d ultimately not relent. The Bruins now move to an impressive 3-0 on the road this season.
For New York, the loss was actually worse than the final box score indicated. Only a late third period goal from Thomas Hickey made the score a little more tantalizing than it actually was. Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas were the other two goal scores for the Islanders (both coming in the first period).
A dominant second and third period from Boston proved to be too much for Jaroslav Halak (21 saves) and the rest of the Isles defense.
A bit of nastiness reared its ugly head in this one. Check out Cal Clutterbuck’s shot on Zdeno Chara at the end of the second period, when frustration was at an emotional high for the home team:
Although Chara got up screaming, it only warranted a two-minute boarding call.
The other side note from the contest came from the stands. David Wright, Jon Niese, Kelly Johnson, Jacob deGrom, Daniel Murphy, and most notably Matt Harvey (a rabid New York Rangers fan), came to Barcalays Center as guest of the Isles.
SEE IT: Mets players on hand to watch Islanders, who fall to Bruins 5-3, via @J_Tasch https://t.co/41d1pjrSrn pic.twitter.com/zeCoTDRb4r
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) October 24, 2015
Next up for the Isles will be the Blues tomorrow night in St. Louis.