The New York Islanders lost 6-0 in a rough game against the Boston Bruins on “Ed Westfall Night”. The Night started out with a beautiful ceremony to honor the New York Islanders First Captain Ed Westfall, and add him to the New York Islanders Hall of Fame. The former Bruin was cheered by the mixed crowd of both Bruin and Islander fans as he lead the current Islander team out of the locker room to take the ice. He was later joined by his family on center ice as the Hall of Fame Banner rose up to the rafters of Nassau Coliseum to be forever memorialized next to the other Legends of the Islanders Fame.
Once the game began, it was soon apparent that the Bruins offense held command of the game, their physical and dominating play spoke for itself. They controlled the puck for much of the 1st period in the Islanders zone. They performed well executed passes, moved the puck around and didn’t let up till the 1st intermission break. Within the first period the the Bruins scored three goals on New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro (Patrice Bergeron at 7.08, Nathan Horton with a power play goal at 12.24 and Chris Kelly at 18.45), this was the effects of a heavily one sided period, with the Bruins taking 13shots on DiPietro, to the Islanders 2shots on Tim Thomas.
Between Periods DiPietro was pulled for AHL Call up goaltender Anders Nilsson, who was backing up DiPietro for his first NHL game in place of both Evgeni Nabokov (who suffered a groin injury during the first period of the Canadiens game Thursday night) and Al Montoya (who injured his hamstring Friday night.) Nilsson came in and performed well during the 2nd period keeping the game at 3-0, even with the hard charging Boston offense. The Islanders showed a big improvement when they took the ice in the 2nd period, taking 11 shots on Tim Thomas and limiting the Bruins to just 6 shots on Nilsson.
The Islanders continued their level of play from the 2nd period when they took the ice in the 3rd. They managed to take 10 shots on Tim Thomas but unfortunately none went in net. Rookie Call up Anders Nilsson played remarkably well for his first 30minutes in the NHL against an unrelenting Boston Bruins offense that took a total of 11 shots on him in the 3rd. He was perfect till 10.25 in the 3rd period, when Andrew Ference scored on a slap shot. That 4th goal gave the already dominating Bruins momentum in the 3rd period, as Chris Kelly scored the Bruins 5th Goal 2 minutes later at 12:54 and Zdeno Chara scored the 6th and final goal at 18.15.
Brandon Titus photographed the game for Inside Hockey…