The Boston Bruins won their third game of the season when they defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 last night at the TD Garden. With the win they have now picked up seven of the possible eight points to open their season. They were led once again by Dougie Hamilton who added two assists, and this time the fourth line shone.
Number Five: Who Misses Thomas?
Tim Thomas was the best goalie in the NHL for a period of time, but he isn’t missed in Boston right now. That is because of the level of play from current Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask, who held the Islanders to two goals last night. Rask has now had four very good games and currently looks like one of the most solid goalies in the league.
Number Four: Maybe Some Defense Problems?
Dougie Hamilton has had a solid year, yes, but overall the defense hasn’t. There have been times when it has seemed like the Bruins were not able to clear out the crease and Rask was not able to make some saves because he was restricted. This happened several time against the Rangers on Wednesday, and last night against the Islanders it was the case on Keith Aucoin’s first goal. Dennis Seidenberg is back now, but they might want to keep an eye on this.
Number Three: Lucic Soaring
There was speculation before the season of if Milan Lucic was really in proper shape after the lock out. He has pretty much put those doubters to rest. Against the Isles he once again had a strong showing with an assist and a +1 rating. He also got in a fight with Islanders tough guy Matt Carkner, and if we are keeping score, he won it too.
Number Two: Merlot Line at it’s Best
Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell both scored their first goals of the season last night while Daniel Paille assisted on the Thornton goal that gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead early in the game. That fourth line struggled against the Rangers, but last night it was their strongest line and it kept them in it despite their sluggish first twenty minutes.
Number One: Hamilton Again
The entire Bruins world has their eyes on Hamilton right now and once again he did not disappoint. He assisted on two goals and continued to make his offensive presence felt, something very impressive for a 19 year old rookie.