BOSTON, MA — The New York Islanders fell flat on their faces against the Boston Bruins in a 6-2 loss, failing to carry momentum over from their come-from-behind win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
They also lost Mathew Barzal to a lower-body injury just six minutes into the first period.
The Islanders are now 28-24-7, still in the second wild-card spot for now.
Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Mathew Barzal
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Hudson Fasching
Ross Johnston–Andy Andreoff-Simon Holmstrom
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
In his return to the lineup after a 17-game absence, Jake DeBrusk gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead on the power play at 2:19 of the first period. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak with the assists on his 17th goal of the season.
Nick Foligno extended the Bruins lead to 2-0 as he wrist shot beat Semyon Varlamov under the glove for his ninth of the season at 9:15 of the first. Derek Forbat and A.J. Greer were credited with the assists on Foligno’s ninth of the season.
Trent Frederic deflected a Charlie McAvoy blast for his 12th of the season at 17:19 of the first period. McAvoy and Foligno were credited with the assist.
Kyle Palmieri got the Islanders on the board at 6:46 of the second period as he tapped home an Anders Lee pass for his ninth of the season. Noah Dobson was credited with the assists.
The Bruins then scored three unanswered goals as Patrice Bergeron tapped one home off the glass, Frederic beat Varlamov from distance, and Pavel Zacha tapped home a loose puck at the side of the net.
The Islanders got one in the third as Matt Martin potted his seventh of the season at 13:42 of the third.
Islanders Fall Flat on Face, Lose Barzal
The New York Islanders failed to carry momentum from Friday’s comeback victory over the Penguins into their contest against the Bruins, as they trailed 3-0 after the opening 20. They were outshot 12-6, and the Bruins had full control.
What didn’t help their cause was losing Mathew Barzal after his second shift of the game, as he did not return due to what looked to be a lower-body injury after being hit hard by Boston forward Craig Smith.
The Islanders went on to play a bit better, but Varlamov was anything but, as after two periods, the Islanders were down 6-1, as he allowed three goals on six shots in the middle frame.
The Islanders outscored the Bruins in the third, but at that point, this game was long over.
Next up: The New York Islanders face the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, with puck drop set for 7 PM.