ELMONT, New York — The New York Islanders ended their five home games with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. After a strong start, they folded. Netminder Semyon Varlamov wasn’t strong while his teammates struggled to beat Boston netminder Linus Ullmark despite plenty of chances on the five-a-side and the power play.
The Islanders are now 23-19-4 and going 1-2-2 at home.
Josh Bailey-Mathew Barzal-William Dufour
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Anthony Beauvillier
Beauvillier-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Mardi Gras
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Dennis Cholowski Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
Zach Parise gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead at x when he snuck a one-timer from over the left faceoff spot under the glove of Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark at 15:41 for his 13th period of the season. Sebastian Aho and Jean-Gabriel Pageau were credited with the assists.
Local hero Charlie McAvoy closed out the competition in a tie when he passed his Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov at 7:48 of the second period for his third game of the season. Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie Coyle were credited with the assists.
Derek Forbort gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead when he tapped home a loose puck for the third time this season. Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak were credited with the assists at 11:00 of the second period.
Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead at 5:03 of the third period when he passed the power play strongly for his 15th of the season. Pastrnak and McAvoy were credited with the assists.
Trent Frederic gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead at 15:38 of the third period when he dodged Ryan Pulock before beating Varlamov over the blocker with his 10th goal of the season. Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith were credited with the assists.
Islanders lose the special teams battle
The New York Islanders had five power play chances that night and produced just five shots on goal. Again, the need for a sniper proved great as the opportunities were there, but no one took advantage of the opportunities.
They are now three for their last 50 with the man advantage.
“It killed us tonight,” said Islanders forward Mathew Barzal. “It’s been losing us a few games lately and it just needs to get better. That is the bottom line.”
The Boston Bruins had four power play chances that night, which they took to take a 3-0 lead with just two shots.
After four games as a backup for Ilya Sorokin, Semyon Varlamov returned to the crease. He wasn’t strong in his last start against the Calgary Flames, allowing four goals on 21 shots in a 4-1 loss. That was his first after missing eight games with a lower body injury.
He had a chance to start against a Boston Bruins team he’s played well against throughout his career, but after so much free time he looked rusty.
His rebounds were everywhere and the first goal he conceded to Charlie McAvoy is one he’ll probably want back.
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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 19, 2023
Varlamov stopped 20 of 24 in the loss with an expected clean sheet of 1.86 according to NaturalStatrick.com.
Not a nice debut for Dufour
New York Islanders prospect William Dufour made his NHL debut, but it was one to forget as he had a number of turnovers that led to two of Boston’s three goals.
Dufour failed to clear the puck on the first goal conceded and lost a puck fight along the boards in the defending zone on the second goal.
After his skates hit the bench in the second minute with nine minutes to go, that was the last we saw of him.
He played 6:48 minutes in the contest.
“I liked his first period. I like some of the things he’s done. He’s a big body. He hit the net hard and he’ll continue to learn and grow from that,” said Lane Lambert, Islanders head coach. “And that’s what it’s about from that point of view.”
“He’ll be fine.”
Making her NHL debut against the Bruins is a tough task, but it was Dufour’s reality. Now it’s all about seeing him rebound as he gets back into the lineup.
Islanders score 1st place for 4th game in a row
The New York Islanders have had a slow start problem, but not recently. As in the previous three games, the Islanders lit the lamp first and had a solid first period.
The Islanders beat the Bruins 10-6 and got an early forecheck.
They won easy puck fights, completed their hits and had shots on goal, sneaking one past Ullmark who has been tough to beat this season.
However, the Islanders gambled away their early lead for the third time in four games.
“It’s kind of the opposite of what we had there for a couple of weeks talking about better starts,” said Islander Brock Nelson. “We get it in a good spot and then just a few small parts of the game where we lose a man and right now it just feels like everything… if there’s a glitch they capitalize and pucks go in. ”
Next up: The New York Islanders head north for an interstate matchup against the Buffalo Sabers at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday.
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