Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the Islanders in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Well, what a difference a deadline makes.
A re-energized Bruins lineup posted its second regulation win in as many nights over a fellow East Division contender in the Islanders — with trade pickups in Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly and Curtis Lazar all flexing their muscles in what was a 3-0 victory on Friday night.
Reilly helped orchestrate Boston's opening tally with a slick feed to David Pastrnak with just three seconds remaining in the first period, while Hall scored his second goal in his third game in a B's sweater in the middle frame to give Boston some breathing room. Curtis Lazar closed things out with an empty-net strike, but the star of the night was entrenched down the other end of the ice — with Jeremy Swayman earning his first career shutout after stopping all 25 shots that came his way in the victory.
Swayman especially stood tall in the opening 20 minutes of action, with the Islanders generating plenty of Grade-A chances as Boston struggled to replicate its dominant start from just a night prior. But after Reilly threaded the needle and fed Pastrnak for a goal at 19:57 — New York's hopes of building off of an encouraging opening period deflated, with Boston taking control of the game as the contest progressed.
With Swayman standing tall in net, New York simply didn't have a chance in this two-game series, with Boston holding a 19-6 edge in high-danger scoring chances and a 4-1 edge in 5v5 goals scored over their two-game sweep. Things are starting to fall into place for this Bruins club, and that's even with Matt Grzelcyk, Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller still on the shelf.