Written by: Eric Conway
U.S. Olympic backup netminder, Tim Thomas made 37 saves to lead the Boston Bruins over the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday. The Bruins offense was led by Marc Savard, who netted a power play goal in the second period. David Krejci and Milan Lucic rounded out the scoring for the Bruins who are the lowest scoring team in the NHL.
The Isles offense was provided by Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson. Moulson collected his team leading 23rd tally of the season. Personally, I do not think Moulson gets enough ice time. He leads the Islanders in goals scored by a significant margin now and still fails to see any substantial power play time. Doug Weight has been used to play the point on the first power play unit and he only has 1 goal on the season thus far. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Doug Weight. He has had a heck of a career, but for the Isles to be handing him all this ice time is a bit ridiculous. Let some other young guys develop and see more time.
The struggling Islanders are seeing their dim playoff chances fade real quickly after losing their last two games. The Islanders now sit 13th in the Eastern Conference and are 8 points back of the final playoff spot which is currently held by the Montreal Canadiens. If the Islanders want to keep any of their slim playoff hopes alive, they must start by winning in their next game on Tuesday as they travel to Philadelphia. The Isles need to string together a solid winning streak to get themselves back in the thick of the playoff race because there are many teams vying for that final spot.
Other Housekeeping Items:
John Tavares has not scored in his last 17 games. His last goal came on January 16th in a shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres. I was at that game and it feels like forever ago. He has 17 goals on the season and I would like to see him net a few more before the season ends. It will give him some confidence going into a crucial offseason where he needs to obviously get stronger physically and work on his skating.
Mark Streit picked up his 200th NHL point, assisting on Josh Bailey’s goal at 2:18 of the second period.
Islander Fans: How concerned are you? What needs to change?
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