Five Observations: Bruins vs. Islanders

The Boston Bruins fell 3-2 to the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon, their second loss in their past three games. Here are my five observations from the game.

Number Five- Forwards Contribute on Power Play

The big theme of the last few posts has been the production out of the forwards. After a game against the Devils where the Bruins got huge contributions from their first line, they got a power play goal out of Milan Lucic to start. The Bruins had committed a penalty, but a slashing call against Josh Bailey of the Islanders put them on the PP. Lucic scored his goal from the side of the net.

Number Four- Evgeni Nabokov

The former San Jose Sharks goaltender came to play tonight. He saved 32 shots by the Bruins, and stifled them on more than just a couple of occasions. The Bruins had quality chances, and he stopped nearly every one.

Number Three- Shooting Lanes

The Bruins got off a lot of shots in this game. They had 12 shots in the first period alone, and after two they had 27. They ended up with 34. It seemed like the Bruins had a lot of open shooting lanes throughout the game, and were able to get shots to the net.

Number Two- Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask made 12 saves on the Islanders before leaving the game with an injury. He made the save against an Islander shot, but needed help off the ice only skating on one leg. Tim Thomas then entered the game, but the way Rask needed so much help off of the ice is very concerning. He will not join the Bruins on their two game road trip.

Number One- Struggles

The Bruins have not won back to back weeks in six weeks now, and tonight scored just two goals after being shut out five times in February. It’s a new month, but you can see that there are still struggles that have to be addressed.

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