The Boston Bruins blew a 2-0 lead and lost 4-2 to the New York Islanders on Friday night. After a seven-game win streak they are now mired in their longest winless streak of the season, going four straight games without a win.
P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist each and Kyle Okposo had two helpers to pace the Islanders, while Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara had the goals for the Bruins. Tim Thomas had a 38-save performance and Al Montoya made 26 saves for the Islanders.
Bruins struggling to hold two-goal leads -- For the second straight game, the Bruins blew a two-goal lead, and for the first time this season, they lost in regulation after leading by two goals. They are now 31-1-3 when leading by two goals in a game and appear to be laying back a bit too much when they get that two-goal cushion. They were outshot 41-28 overall, outscored 2-0 in the final frame and were sloppy when it counted. They seemed to be in prevent mode all night, and as a former Patriots head coach once said: “Prevent defense prevents you from winning.”
First line continues its torrid pace -- The line of Milan Lucic--David Krejci--Nathan Horton continues to be one of the hottest in the NHL. With his two assists Friday, Krejci now has a five-game point streak going with seven points during that stretch and also has 18 points in his past 15 games. Lucic’s assist Friday now gives him six points in his past five games and 17 in his past 15 games. Horton’s first period goal -- his 20th of the season -- gives him 15 points in his past 15 games, as well as his sixth straight season with 20 goals or more.
Chara moving on -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been in the eye of the storm after his controversial hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty on Tuesday night. But Chara has done a great job of blocking out the distraction from that incident. With his second-period power-play goal Friday, Chara now has a goal and two assists in his past two games. It was Chara’s 12th of the season and he is playing his game despite of all the controversy surrounding him.
Kaberle chips in -- When Tomas Kaberle was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 18, the hope was that he would spark what had been, at best, an average power play with his puck-moving skills and passing. But up until Friday night, Kaberle had yet to register a power-play point and had only one assist in his first nine games with the Bruins. On Friday, his skills paid off, as he assisted on Zdeno Chara’s second-period power-play goal. Kaberle now has 37 helpers and 40 points this season.
Seguin scratched again -- Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch again for the second straight game and third time in the past five games. Steven Kampfer (concussion) and Andrew Ference (lower-body injury) remained out on the blue line. Here’s what the forward lines and defensive pairings looked like to start the game Friday night.
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid