BOSTON — The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins took to the TD Garden ice for the first time since their Game 6 win over Vancouver, defeating the New York Islanders on Friday night in a comeback 6-3 victory in their second preseason game.
Centerman Rich Peverley led the Bruins attack in their third-period comeback with three points, including an unassisted goal with four minutes remaining.
That was not the only good news for followers of hockey in Boston, as former Harvard defenseman Dylan Reese lit the lamp for two goals in the first period, despite his team going down in defeat.
The Islanders took the lead at just 1:07 of the period as Reese beat goaltender Tim Thomas on the first shot of the game, a long and hard slap shot from near the blue line. Reese doubled New York’s lead at 18:18 as he took a snapper from the left post that beat Thomas for a 2-0 buffer. Reese saw 17:17 of ice time in the game for the Isles, who were backstopped by former Boston University product Rick DePietro for 40 minutes.
In 121 career games over four seasons with the Crimson, Reese scored 21 goals and 61 points. He was selected in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2003 Draft while a freshman at Harvard.
Boston also received strong contributions from Patrice Bergeron, who potted a second-period goal and two assists.
His goal, coming at 9:21 of the middle period, tied the score at 2-2 and came after David Krejci’s power play tally got the B’s on the board.
Brad Marchand, who combined with Bergeron and Peverley as Boston’s second line, also potted a goal at the 8:17 mark to put the Bruins ahead to stay as they ended up doubling the Islanders and outshooting them by a final count of 36-16.
Former Northeastern captain Tyler McNeely, who graduated last season after the Huskies’ run to the Hockey East semifinals, saw 14:15 of ice time in the game, but he was held off the scoresheet.
The Bruins practice early on Saturday at the Garden before returning to game action on Sunday for the first of two games against Montreal. Sunday’s contest will be played in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before a date at Bell Centre on Monday.
Joshua Kummins is the associate editor of BostonSportsU18.com and an InsideHockey.com Hockey East contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins and contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.