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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Bruins Remain Unbeaten (3-0-0) At TD Garden With A 4-2 Win Over The Islanders

There is plenty to like about the Bruins at the moment, they are only four games into the 2013 season but it looks like it could be a very enjoyable team to follow. Boston (3-0-1) beat the Islanders (2-2-0) 4-2 tonight at TD Garden to improve their home record to 3-0-0.

Four different guys notched their first goals of the season for the B's while Tuukka Rask (24 saves) made his fourth straight start and for the third time allowed two goals or less. Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton had two assists for the first multi-point game of his NHL career.

Boston's fourth line had a great game as they scored a pair of goals. Shawn Thornton made it 1-0 at 4:52 of the first period. He followed a rebound left out by Rick DiPietro (23 saves) on a shot by Daniel Paille. Hamilton had the other assist.

Milan Lucic fought former Senators goon Matt Carkner and completely beat the snot out of him. Waltham native Keith Aucoin (2nd of the season) tied it for the Islanders at 11:13 in the first period from PC's Colin McDonald and David Ullstrom. Boston got caught chasing the puck which left Aucoin wide open in front for a tap in.

Aucoin gave New York the briefest of leads at 9:50 in the second period. Paille's awful turnover went right to him, it was the same effect as a one-timer. The B's had some luck go their way when David Krejci's shot deflected off an Islanders skate right to Gregory Campbell for an easy goal. Chris Kelly had the other assist at 13:42.

Boston took over in the third period and there was nothing that New York could do about it. After great cycling by Nathan Horton, from behind the net Lucic found Zdeno Chara by the right circle. DiPietro had no chance to stop the snap shot at 7:07. Patrice Bergeron iced it with a beauty of a goal at 13:33. Hamilton started the rush with a pass to Brad Marchand, who hit Bergeron alone behind the Islanders defense. He skated in on DiPietro and tucked it under his glove.

The Bruins will look to gain their first road victory on Monday (7 p.m., NESN) as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-0, 3rd Southeast Division). Don't bank on it yet but it could be backup goaltender Anton Khudobin's 2013 debut for the Black and Gold. Stay tuned.

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