New York Islanders fall to the Boston Bruins
Even when Rick Dipietro plays well it seems he can’t catch a break and last night was no different. The Massachusetts native and the rest of his Islander teammates lost their fourth straight game, this one to Boston Bruins
The game did not start off well in a first period that was highlighted by a throw down between Zenon Konopka and Adam McQuaid, a power play goal by Milan Lucic, and being heavily outshot 16-7. To sum it up, it was an all too familiar story line to many Islander fans.
The Isles came out in the second killing a PA Parenteau boarding penalty and then quickly jumping back on the penalty kill after Jack Hillen was sent to the box for tripping. On the ensuing penalty kill the Islanders had momentum swing their way as Frans Nielson broke free for a shorthanded break away, was hulled down and awarded a penalty shot. Nielson would use his patent shoot out move and roof one past Tuukka Rask to tie the game at one. Later in the period David Krejci would go to penalty box for tripping and the Islanders would go on the Man advantage. On the ensuing power play James Wisniewski fired a laser from the point that was saved by Rask and John Tavares could not put home the rebound. Tavares tried to send the puck back to the blue to MacDonald, but was picked off by Campbell and sent down the Ice. Dipietro came out his net to send the puck back down the ice, but instead sent it right into Brad Marchand who put the puck into a virtual empty net to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead.
The Islanders continued to fight in the third, but Michael Ryder recorded a power play goal at 14:16 to make it 3-1. Islander Rob Schremp did score a late third period goal to make it 3-2; however 2 empty net goals by Lucic and Patrice Bergeron would seal the victory for the Bruins.
The loss marked the Islanders 18th loss in their last 19 games and they tied a franchise record 12 consecutive games without a power play goal; a record that was set back in the 1972-73 season.
Although Dipietro was responsible for the second period goal, he put up another solid performance last night. Dipietro stopped 32 of 35 shots faced and had a save percentage of .914. “He was our best player,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. “The first period, they could’ve been up two or three goals. He played extremely well.”
The Islanders also could have lost a lot more than a game last as well. Both Tavares and Radek Martinek after both got in the way of two Zdeno Chara shots. Tavares took a shot off the elbow and Martinek took one off the Wrist. Both Players returned to the ice after being attended to by the medical staff.
The Islanders will look to snap what is now a four game losing streak when they return to the coliseum to host the Thrashers.
NHLHS New York Islanders Correspondent