The New York Islanders slipped to 2-8-0 at home this season after a tough 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night.
Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston who got goals from Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell. Casey Cizikas scored the lone goal for the Isles.
“We competed well against a big, skilled high-level team,” Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said. “There are no easy games. We really have to learn to win close games. We had 37 shots, we worked hard and maybe we deserved better. The effort was there.”
The Islanders fell behind on a shot from the right point by McQuaid at the 6:43 mark of the opening period. Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov was screened on the play.
Cizikas scored to tie the game with just 4:11 left in the first period. Andrew MacDonald made a good outlet pass to Josh Bailey who carried the puck deep into the Bruins zone and held it until the last possible second before sending the puck into the slot area. Cizikas was in position for the deflection and beat Rask to even the score at 1-1.
“A-Mac flipped it out of the zone and I got it with speed,” Bailey said. “I just went around the guy and put the puck in front to Casey, and then he made a great play. His defender was all over him and he found a way to get a stick on it and put it in.”
The game was lost when the Bruins scored twice in the first 5:16 of the middle stanza. Brad Marchand put home a rebound just 38 seconds into the second period to put the Bruins ahead for good before Krejci made it 3-1 at the 5:16 mark.
“That second goal was just a three-on-three coverage that we blew,” Capuano admitted. “It’s something that you work on all the time and you’ve got to communicate and get the job done.”
The third period was scoreless until Campbell’s empty net goal with 1:05 remaining put the game away for the Bruins.
The Islanders are at a loss to explain their lack of success at home. “We play a good 40 or 50 minutes and then it just seems teams are getting those easy goals,” Cizikas said. “We’re just letting up a bit and that’s when they score. We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes and that’s when we’ll be successful here.”
“We haven’t been very good at home,” John Tavares added. “I thought we worked very hard tonight…We had some good chances but we didn’t get too many of the dirty ones. We’ve got to hack away and find a way to get some from in front of the net.”
The Islanders seven-game home streak continues Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Islanders tickets for this and other home games are available.
The Bruins are now 8-1-1 on the road and 8-1-1 in their last 10 visits to the Nassau Coliseum.
Matt Martin led the Islanders with six hits while Andrew MacDonald led the club with three blocked shots.