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Islanders Come Back Twice, But Fall to Bruins in Shootout, 4-3

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The New York Islanders fought hard against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, but the result was a 4-3 shootout loss. Lane Lambert’s group came back twice, forcing overtime and collected a critical point, but it was a game that the Islanders could have won in regulation if not for a few mental errors.

The Islanders are now 17-12-1 on the season.

LINES

Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Josh Bailey-Brock Nelson-Cal Clutterbuck
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Hudson Fasching

Robin Salo-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Sorokin

SCORES

Jake DeBrusk gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead on the power play at 6:48 of the first period as he deflected a David Pastrnak shot for his 10th of the season. Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy were credited with the assists.

DeBrusk doubled the Bruins’ lead as his shot deflected off Josh Bailey and in for his 11th of the season at 7:07 of the first period. Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha were credited with the assists.

Josh Bailey got the New York Islanders on the board at 11:00 of the first period as a Noah Dobson point shot deflected off his skate and in for his fifth of the season. Dobson and Brock Nelson were credited with the assists.

Noah Dobson scored his ninth of the season as he tied the contest at two with 11:43 to go in the second as he scored on a slapshot from the Bruins blue line. Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck were credited with the assists.

Derek Forbort got the Bruins back on top 3-2 as he scored shorthanded for his second of the season with 1:32 to go in the second. Zacha and DeBrusk were credited with the assists.

Casey Cizikas tied the contest at three as his wraparound attempt bounced off Forbort and in at 4:40 of the third. Sebastian Aho was credited with the lone assist on Cizikas’s second of the season.

David Pastrnak scored the winner in the shootout. Mathew Barzal and Jake DeBrusk scored as well.

Islanders Allow 2 Goals in 19 Seconds

The New York Islanders may have started as strong as we have seen all season, which was especially important against a juggernaut of a Boston Bruins team.

But that hard work all went by the boards as the Islanders allowed two goals in 19 seconds, both to Jake DeBrusk.

The Islanders did get one back in the first, courtesy of Josh Bailey, but that 19-second lapse put the Islanders behind early.

Special Teams Nightmare

The New York Islanders power play was a mess against the Boston Bruins. On the night, the Islanders went 0-3 with just one shot.

The Boston Bruins had three shorthanded shots, which included a shorthanded goal that gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the final two minutes of the second period.

The Boston Bruins went one-for-two on their power play which included the first goal of the game. It took the Bruins all of 14 seconds to take the early 1-0 lead as the Islanders failed to box out Jake DeBrusk.

Against elite teams, the power play is the opportunity to get an advantage. And even if you do not score on the power play, it needs to at least provide momentum. It cannot result in a shorthanded marker if you want to give yourself a chance to collect points.

Dobson Reaches 20-Point Mark

Last season, New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson set a career-high in goals with 13 after 80 games. By the end of Tuesday’s contest, Dobson had his ninth goal in game no. 30.

He now sits second in the NHL in goals by a defenseman, trailing San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has 12.

Dobson is on pace for 26 goals this season, which would be a new career-high.

Next up: The New York Islanders make their franchise debut at Mullet Arena as they face the Arizona Coyotes at 7 PM on Friday.

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