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Sleepy Isles stung by swarming B’s: 6-0

Isles gathering. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It was a night that should have inspired, instead a sleepy New York Islanders squad (5-9-3) fell to the Boston Bruins (11-7-0) by a final of 6-0 in hockey action on Saturday night. The B’s wearing their traditional black and gold jerseys swarmed the Isles in every aspect of the game.

“My thoughts are that when you play this game you need to play with fire, you need to play with passion, you need to play with determination and with desperation,” said a very fired up Jack Capuano after the game.

The team should have been inspired, as the teams’ first captain Ed Westfall was inducted into the Hall of Fame, instead the Isles played flat on their heels, maybe showing the reigning Stanley Cup Champions too much respect.

“It is a good hockey team, but you can’t come in here and give them too much respect and not play your game,” said keeper Rick DiPietro after the game. The normally steady cager had a rough game allowing three goals in 20 minutes of play.

Isles captain Mark Streit had this to say of the loss, “They (Boston) played a good game out there, but we allowed them to do that. We gave them space and time, and they have good players, if you give a good team like that opportunities they will hurt you.”

Boston began their offensive barrage at the 7:08 mark when Patrice Bergeron (4) netted a nine foot snap shot, assisted by Tyler Seguin (10) and Brad Marchand (8). For the Islanders, who were so aggressive in their shot selection during the game against the Canadiens on Wednesday, didn’t take a chance until the 11:08 mark when Frans Nielsen attempted a 24 foot wrister.

Things got even uglier for Islanders fans at the 12:23 mark when DiPietro handed the Bruins their second goal of the game. The cager trying to clear the puck instead gave a perfect puck to Nathan Horton (6), who banged home a 24 foot wrister for a 2-0 lead with 12:24 remaining on the scoreboard.

“There is no excuse for that play,” said DiPietro of the turnover. “I had a chance to clear the puck and had an open lane and I have got to make sure to get more of my stick on the puck next time. The puck kind of just rolled on out there, but at the end of the day that is not the kind of play I want to repeat too often.”

Chris Kelly added one last tally for the Bruins at the 18:45 mark, as the Bruins ended the first period of play with a 3-0 lead. In the second Islanders decided to allow keeper Anders Nilsson to have a shot to play in the cage.

Isles keeper Anders Nilsson shortly after making his NHL debut. By: Stacy Podelski

Nilsson, originally from Sweden, was a 3rd round draft pick of the Isles in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft…made some nice saves in the cage for the Isles. The 21-year-old finished the night with 14 saves.

“It is tough to be happy right now after letting in three goals,” Nilsson said of his debut. “To have the opportunity to play in the NHL is a dream come true for me, unfortunately things didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too.”

Michael Grabner had a stellar play at the 19:14 mark on a short-handed opportunity at the 19:14 mark. Just prior to that ‘Grabs’ made a stellar defensive play to take the puck away, and gave himself a chance at the scoring opportunity.

After somewhat of an improvement the Islanders suffered from the third period blues, as the Bruins continued their barrage in the final frame. Andrew Ference tallied his first goal of the season at the 10:25 mark on a 57 foot slap shot.

Chris Kelly (7) recorded his second goal of the game at 12:54, on a 12 foot snap shot, assisted by Milan Lucic (7) and Horton (7). Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara (2) capped off the victory at the 18:15 mark on a 24 foot snap shot.

The Islanders will now head to Pittsburgh for a tough test against the Penguins on Monday.  Round two of the Isles/Pens game is scheduled to air on the MSG network, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.

Story originally seen on the Examiner.com site on 11/20/11 and can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


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