It wasn't pretty for the most part but the Bruins earned a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders at the TD Garden. Dougie Hamilton continued his impressive start to his Bruins career, picking up two assists for his first career multi-point game.
Hamilton picked up his first assist of the game in the first period. On the ice with the "Merlot" or fourth line, Hamilton's shot from the point was deflected by Daniel Paille in front of the net. That's where Shawn Thornton found it and tucked the puck behind Rick DiPierto for the 1-0 lead. It was the second straight game that Hamilton had set up a goal by firing a very tipable shot towards net.
But the fourth line wasn't done. After sloppy play led to two Keith Aucoin goals for the Islanders, Gregory Campbell tied the game at two. David Krejci's shot from the side boards hit a skate on its way to the net and found Campbell in front. And he wasted now time, quickly wristing it past DiPierto.
The line of Thornton, Campbell, and Paille combined for two goals and an assist in the game. And when the rest of the team was struggling and playing sloppy, they were creating chances and keeping the puck away from Tuukka Rask.
The third period was the Bruins best of the game. The Bruins took 21 penalty minutes in the first two period but came out looking like a new team in the third. And they capitalized on it. After some sustained pressure in the Islanders zone, Milan Lucic found Zdeno Chara in the high slot. His wrist shot found its way past DiPierto, giving the Bruins the lead they wouldn't lose.
The Bruins finished the scoring with Hamilton's most impressive play of the night. After corralling the puck below the goal line, Hamilton fired a tape-to-tape pass to Brad Marchand just outside the Bruins defensive zone. Marchand found a streaking Patrice Bergeron down the center of the ice who beat DiPierto on the breakaway.
The Bruins again found no success on the power play, going 0-for-3. But the penalty kill still has yet to allow a short handed goal this season.
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