Bruins Defeat Islanders in Bergeron’s 1,000th Career Game
By Christopher Williams 02/07/2019
The Boston Bruins cruised to a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
Patrice Bergeron tallied two goals in his 1,000th career NHL game. He became the fifth player in Bruins franchise history to reach the milestone. This came shortly after Tuukka Rask became the most successful goalie in Bruins history on Sunday.
Bergeron recorded the first goal of the game 2:32 into the second period.
David Pastrnak’s initial shot trickled underneath New York goaltender Robin Lehner and into the crease where Bergeron stood to poke the puck home.
The Islanders evened the score with 3:20 left in the period as Jordan Eberle snuck a short-side shot past Rask on the power play.
The Islanders’ fourth line had thought they provided Cal Clutterbuck with the go-ahead goal in the third period, but a coach’s challenge by Bruce Cassidy resulted in the play being called back for offsides.
Peter Cehlarik scored the go-ahead goal at 6:34. Then Bergeron sealed the win for the Bruins in the final minute by burying an empty-net goal off of a generous back pass from Pastrnak.
The Bruins extended their record to 29-17-7 as the Islanders fell to 30-16-6. Boston currently sits in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and is riding a two-game winning streak.
New York still stands on top of the Metropolitan Division despite the loss. The Bruins will travel to New York to face the Rangers on Wednesday. The Islanders will clash with the Devils in New Jersey on Thursday.