Shots on Goal: Islanders DiPietro vs Bruins Thomas
Looking to redeem themselves after blowing a 3-0 lead against the Rangers two nights earlier, the Bruins played a more complete sixty minutes against the Islanders and notched their 100th point with a 3-2 victory.
DiPietro came out and played a solid game stopping 30 of 33 shots, 15 alone in the first period. Facing a 5 on 3 situation for 2 minutes in the first, the Islanders defense only allowed only one shot on net but the heartbreaker came with .01 left in the frame when Shawn Thornton lifted the puck over DiPietro from the left side of the crease.
Two goals in a 78 second span during the second period put the nail in the coffin for the Islanders. Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg sent a shot from the right point past a screened DiPietro for his 7th goal of the season. Gregory Campbell found just enough room on the short side between DiPietro’s pad and the post to increase Boston’s lead to 3-1.
“There were a couple of bad bounces in the second period,” Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said, “but, overall, I thought we played well.”
DiPietro picked up an assist on Michael Grabner’s first goal of the second period.
Tim Thomas continued his pursuit of the all-time save percentage record with 30 saves on 32 shots. His save percentage stays at .938. Dominik Hasek’s single-season record is .937.
Michael Grabner, the league’s leading rookie goal scorer (33), scored twice in the second period. The first coming at 3:24 on the power play and the second at 14:26 while short handed.