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Talking Points: Boston Bruins Falter Late Again to Islanders



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Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders at TD Garden.

GOLD STAR: Jean-Gabriel Pageau continues to be a Bruins killer for the New York Islanders. He was at it again on Thursday night with a goal, three points and a plus-2 rating in 18:42 of ice time while bringing the Islanders back to life after a strong opening 20 minutes from the Black and Gold. Pageau got it going in the second period when he was the trailer on New York’s first goal of the game immediately coming off a four-minute PP for the Bruins. The B’s players stayed on the ice too long, had a terrible change and then allowed the Islanders to go on a 3-on-2 rush the other way that finished with JG Pageau getting the Isles on the board. That play changed the momentum in the game and ultimately opened the door for the Islanders. Pageau also made a nice feed to Oliver Wahlstrom from behind the net that gave the Isles their first lead of the game in the third period. Six shot attempts, a takeaway and 14-of-23 in the face-off circle were pretty good as well.

BLACK EYE: Jaroslav Halak was put into a tough position after Tuukka Rask was forced out of the game with an upper body injury after the first period. And the first goal he allowed in the second period was absolutely on Boston’s PP not getting off the ice with a clean, simple change that led to Pageau scoring at the other end. But the third goal allowed on a wraparound pass that got through the blue paint to Oliver Wahlstrom in front and the soft, soft goal allowed in overtime were both on a Bruins goaltender that the team expects to come up big for them. He’s paid to be there when Tuukka Rask falters and Halak didn’t do that nearly well enough at the end of the game. He didn’t even give the Bruins a chance in OT when he left Nick Leddy’s tester right on the doorstep for Anthony Beauvillier to sweep into the net.

TURNING POINT: It was the point of ire for Bruce Cassidy following the game and rightfully so. The Bruins got a four-minute PP in the second period where they had a chance to put the Islanders away already up 2-0. Instead, they weren’t able to score despite getting a few good scoring looks and then the top unit unwisely stayed on the ice too long leading to an Islanders odd-man rush at the other end that got them on the scoreboard. The play gave the Isles life and was a big momentum shifter in the game, and it led to the Boston Bruins head coach calling out his veteran leaders following the loss. There are times they stay on the ice too long on the PP and this was one of those times where it blew up on them. Once the B’s opened the door, the Islanders did what good hockey teams do and they took advantage of Boston’s largesse.



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HONORABLE MENTION: While Anders Bjork was on the ice for the atrocious Islanders OT game-winner, his presence for the opening shift of OT was largely in part because he’d played an excellent 60 minutes prior to that. Bjork scored a game-tying goal in the final minutes of the third period when he stepped into a Charlie Coyle pass, and his second goal of the season allowed the Bruins to salvage a point in a game where they probably deserved two points. Bjork finished with a goal, two points and four shot attempts and he teamed with Karson Kuhlman and Charlie Coyle for an effective third line on Thursday night until Kuhlman was knocked out of the game after blocking a shot.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – Both Karson Kuhlman and Steve Kampfer scored their first goals of the season and teamed with Anders Bjork to finally provide the Boston Bruins with some secondary offense, even as it came in another loss to the first place Islanders.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “They played winning hockey better in 3rd period than we did. Guys we rely on and leaders that I’ve praised for years here. Disappointed in not just grinding it out & changing when you’re supposed to…keep the momentum.” –Bruce Cassidy, clearly not happy with his top PP unit getting caught on the ice at the end of the 4-minute PP in the second period that led to an Islanders goal.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Just flat out not good enough as a team. Yes the Isles are the first place team. But with the Rangers on fire and Jersey playing better….that last playoff spot is in question. Not only is Pageau a Bruins killer this year….but how much did it sting to have the winning goal scored by a player picked 14 spots after DeBrusk!!!! Think the Isles would trade Beauvillier straight up for Jake? Guessing no on that one. I realize we’re playing with a patchwork line up. But the talent and depth is just not there. With all the D back, and… Read more »


Cassidy has to take some of the blame, I know Coyal and JBork played well last night, but he was still wrong to have started them 3 0n 3 overtime. You got to have Bergeron taking the face-off with McA and either Pastr or Marchand, these are still your best players should have started O.T

Rick W Murray

I’m so fed up with this continually losing I’d personally like to see them gut it NOW, The first line hasn’t been that effective anymore second line non existent, Ritchie starting to show his true form, slow, ponderous! Third line you hardly even know they are there! Start firing players out of their safety spots! And maybe some of the other players will start to Wake up,


Coaching mistake in overtime proves costly. 3 on 3 is all about speed and talent. So what was Coyle doing out there in overtime. Leddy blew by him like he was a pylon. Still the Bruins blew a 2 goal lead and failed to score on the major penalty that would have blown the game open for the Bruins. Things are going to get real tough for the Bruins

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