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Bruins Comeback Efforts Fall Short in Loss to Islanders

Alan Quine,Tuukka Rask
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) slams into Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) as he leaps out of the way of a shot on net during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Boston Bruins couldn’t overcome their early struggles against the New York Islanders as they lose 4-2 at home.

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss had himself a huge game making 48 saves as the Islanders were able to end their 5 game losing streak with a win in TD garden. The Bruins came out flat, looking like they weren’t prepared for the game and let the Islanders get to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Anders Lee and Thomas Hickey. Anders Lee’s first goal came off an ugly play behind the net where Bruins forward Brad Marchand collided with Tuukka Rask, allowing Lee to get the easy wrap around. New York continued their scoring in the second period with a goal from Nikolay Kulemin and the Bruins elected to pull starting goaltender Tuukka Rask after 3 goals in 13 shots.

Boston gave everything they had in the third period outshooting the Islanders 23-9 and trimming a 3-0 lead to 3-2 but just didn’t have enough in the tank to finish the job. The black and gold’s goals came from Anton Blidh (1st NHL goal) and Dominic Moore and for a moment, the Bruins had hope. That was until defenseman Kevan Miller’s penalty late in the 3rd period gave the worst power play in the league a chance to finish them. New York took advantage as Anders Lee was able to bury one on Anton Khudobin for his second of the game.

Behind a 48-save game from Greiss and a 2-goal game from Lee, the struggling Islanders were able to get a critical win in Boston against a Bruins team who clearly underestimated them.

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