The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center.

The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center.

Coming off a frustrating loss to the Canadiens, the B’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind a Ryan Spooner goal during a first-period 5-on-3. Patrice Bergeron made it 2-0 in the second period with his fifth goal of the season.

Bergeron took a pair of penalties as well in a game that saw the B’s take seven minor penalties. Johnny Boychuk scored the Islanders’ only goal during a third-period 5-on-3 after Joonas Kemppainen was called for playing the puck with his hand on a faceoff with Kevan Miller already in the box for high-sticking.

Tuukka Rask stopped 36 of the 37 shots he saw after sitting on Saturday vs. the Canadiens.

The victory improved the B’s to 7-6-1 on the season. They’ll be out of action for the next three days before beginning a five-game homestand when they host the Avalanche Thursday at TD Garden.

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DJ Bean joins Ken Laird from the WEEI Podcentre to discuss Saturday night's rivalry showdown in Montreal as the Habs come back from down 2-1 in the 3rd period to beat Boston 4-2. A late David Krejci penalty in a 2-2 game leads to the game-deciding power-play goal.

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The Canadiens led for only 1:08 on Saturday night. That worked out just fine for them, as it was the final 1:08 of the game.

The Canadiens led for only 1:08 on Saturday night. That worked out just fine for them, as it was the final 1:08 of the game.

After David Krejci was called for his third minor penalty of the night, David Desharnais beat Jonas Gustavsson on the power play and Max Pacioretty scored an empty-netter to give the Habs a 4-2 victory over the Bruins at Bell Centre.

Krejci’s third penalty, a cross-check on Tomas Plekanec with just over two minutes to play in regulation with the game tied, was extremely ill-advised. Given how poorly Boston’s penalty kill has performed (two of Montreal’s goals came on the man advantage), it was hardly a surprise to see the penalty cost Boston the game.

The Bruins took leads into the second and third periods thanks to goals from Loui Eriksson and Frank Vatrano, making the fact that they came out of the contest with no points all the more painful. The Bruins have now dropped three straight games in regulation and are 6-6-1 on the season.

The B’€™s will play again Sunday when they face the Islanders at Barclays Center.

Here are five things we learned Saturday:


When the Bruins signed Vatrano out of UMass Amherst in March, his shot and willingness to shoot were believed to be his biggest strengths. Those shifts were confirmed in his first NHL games Saturday night.

Called up on Friday after leading the AHL with 10 goals, Vatrano landed two shots on Mike Condon in his first of the game. That proved to be merely a warmup however, as he scored his first career goal in the second period.

To make the moment even cooler for the East Longmeadow native, Vatrano’€™s father and uncle managed to make the quick trip after Vatrano’€™s promotion to see the goal.


In case you were unaware, the Bruins tend to struggle against the Canadiens. Though the Habs were without Carey Price, who is out with a lower-body injury, the B’€™s still needed any help they could get. As it turned out, the Habs were willing to accommodate them there.

Montreal took three penalties in the first period, the first of which led to a Loui Eriksson goal 1:50 into the game. With the Habs shorthanded due to a too many men on the ice bench minor, Ryan Spooner fed Patrice Bergeron, whose shot was tipped by Loui Eriksson in front.


The Habs appeared to tie the game early in the third period when Tomas Plekanec jumped on a rebound with a mess of bodies in front of the net and fired it in. Jonas Gustavsson was visibly angry with the play and Claude Julien promptly challenged the play citing goaltender interference.

Replays showed that Gustavsson had a point; Brendan Gallagher came over the top of the Boston goalie, meaning the small Habs winger was essentially on top of Gustavsson and prevented him from moving in an attempt to stop Plekanec’€™s shot. The call on the ice was reversed to keep the score 2-1.

The play marked the first time Julien had won a challenge. He’€™s now 1-2 on the season on challenges.


After sitting in 11 straight games, Zach Trotman returned to Boston’€™s lineup, with Joe Morrow joining Tyler Randell in the press box as a healthy scratch.

Trotman, who was benched after the season-opener, skated mostly with Kevan Miller, giving Boston a pairing of two right-shot defensemen. That meant Kevan Miller saw plenty of time playing the left side.

While lefties can commonly play the right side, it’€™s very unusual for right-shot defensemen to play the left side. They rarely experience it growing up, as teams almost always have a surplus of lefties.


With the only credited assist on Vatrano’€™s goal, Colin Miller now has points in six straight games (one goal, five assists). Miller could have been a candidate to potentially come out of the lineup for Trotman to play, but there’€™s no way the team can sit him while he’€™s producing offensively.

David Krejci, meanwhile, has now gone four games without a point after registering points in the first nine games of the season. He should have been credited with a secondary assist on Vatrano’€™s goal, however, as he fed the puck to Miller before Miller dished to Vatrano.

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The Bruins have recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence and sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev back to the AHL, the team announced Friday.

The Bruins have recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence and sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev back to the AHL, the team announced Friday.

Vatrano, an East Longmeadow native who played his college hockey at UMass Amherst, has 10 goals in 10 games this season. A first-year pro, Vatrano signed with the B’s as an undrafted free agent last March after deciding he would forgo his final two years of college eligibility.

Recalled on Tuesday due to David Pastrnak’s foot injury, Khokhlachev skated in two games for the Bruins during his callup. Khokhlachev, who was tied for the AHL lead in points at the time of his callup, skated with Loui Eriksson and David Krejci in Pastrnak’s absence.

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The Bruins finally got over the “scoring on Braden Holtby” hump. They’€™ll figure out the “beating the Capitals” thing some other time.

DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Jack Edwards' assertion on NESN that the Bruins were in a "talent discrepancy" with the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. The B's fell 4-1 in the game in the first contest of a three-game road swing.

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Jimmy Hayes

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The Bruins finally got over the “scoring on Braden Holtby” hump. They’€™ll figure out the “beating the Capitals” thing some other time.

Though the B’€™s got a power play from Jimmy Hayes in the first period to finally score on the Washington goalie, Holtby got the last laugh by standing tall for the rest of the game as the Capitals took a 4-1 victory over the Bruins. With Boston having not scored on Holtby at all last season, Hayes’€™ goal ended Holtby’€™s shutout streak against the Bruins at 199:30.

The loss was the Bruins’€™ second straight as they head to face the Canadiens Saturday in Montreal. The Bruins are now 5-1-0 on the road, as Thursday marked the Bruins’ first loss away from TD Garden. The B’€™s overall record on the season now stands at 6-5-1.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:


The Bruins were already in a tight spot when an unnecessarily Jimmy Hayes slashing penalty put the league’€™s worst penalty kill on the ice in the second period. Tuukka Rask gave the B’€™s reason for optimism by making a pair of sensational saves of on T.J. Oshie, but any optimism failed to last thanks to a dumb move from Brad Marchand.

After Rask followed up a kick save on Oshie by gloving the rebound big, Marchand punched Oshie in the back of the head. Oshie and Marchand had been taking whacks at one another in front of the net prior to the play, but Marchand’€™s punch was clear as day and led to a roughing penalty to give Washington a 1:18 5-on-3. The Capitals wouldn’€™t need that much time, as John Carlson scored 28 seconds into the 5-on-3 to give Washington a 3-1 lead.

Those weren’€™t the only ill-advised penalties Boston took. The B’€™s were also whistled for too many men on the ice with 10.8 seconds remaining in the second period.


With an assist on Hayes’€™ first-period goal, Colin Miller extended his point streak to five games. Miller, who scored his first career goal in Tuesday’€™s loss to the Stars, has one goal and four assists over this five-game span. He had just one point, an assist, in his previous six games.


Kevan Miller has not had a strong go of it this season. He’€™s not in the lineup for anything he can do offensively, but his work in his own zone has left much to be desired.

Poor gap control has cost the Bruins multiple goals this season (including Tyler Seguin‘€™s first of three on Tuesday night), while Thursday night saw Miller give up the puck in the corner of the Boston zone on a Capitals possession that eventually led to Ovechkin’€™s goal.

Miller wasn’t the only Bruins defenseman who could have done more to prevent a goal against, as Joe Morrow let Brooks Laich slip behind him and screen Rask on what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the second period.

Zach Trotman has sat for 11 straight games. Though the Bruins are probably more comfortable with Miller killing penalties, perhaps the Bruins could soon give Trotman a game and Miller a night in the press box.


As expected, Max Talbot was in Boston’€™s lineup Thursday in place of Chris Kelly, who is done for at least the regular season. Talbot played left wing on the fourth line with Joonas Kemppainen and Tyler Randell. Zac Rinaldo joined Zach Trotman as a healthy scratch.

Randell dropped the gloves for the first time in a regular-season NHL game, defeating Michael Latta in a second-period bout.

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