Friday night Tuukka Rask was the recipient a little offense from one of his trusty defenseman, Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 Slovak not only has the hardest slapshot in the NHL at 108.8mph, but also packs a wicked wrister in his arsenal.
With the game knotted 2-2 early in the third period, Chara launched the game winner from the top of the left circle past a screened Rick DiPietro giving Tuukka his third win in the first four games. Not a bad start of the season for Boston’s undisputed No 1 goaltender.
Rask ends his first week of the shortened season at 3-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Boston got on the board first when resident tough guy Shawn Thornton showed off his skills with the stick winning the battle for the puck at the top of the crease with Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.
Area native Keith Aucoin, just acquired off waivers from Toronto, provided the New York offense with tallies in the first and second frames.
Gregory Campbell pulled the black and gold even at 2 a piece at 13:42 in the second when he grabbed a loose puck after deflecting off and Islanders defender and fired it inside the right post.
Patrice Bergeron capped off the scoring for Boston with a breakaway goal with 6:27 remaining in the game.
DiPietro, making his first start since Dec 3, 2011, had 23 saves in the loss while Rask stopped 24 of 26.