Fox Sports.com: Previews New York at Boston Saturday at 1pm.
S Yelle Undisclosed injury day-to-day
M Sturm Left ACL, meniscus surgery IR
Stat Player Total
Points Marc Savard 73
Goals Phil Kessel 27
Assists Marc Savard 52
PIM Shawn Thornton 117
Plus/Minus Dennis Wideman 33
PP Goals Michael Ryder 8
SH Goals David Krejci 2
Phil Kessel scored twice and P.J. Axelsson added a goal and an assist as the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins got by the Ottawa Senators, 5-3, at TD Banknorth Garden. Aaron Ward and Chuck Kobasew also tallied for Boston, who now have two wins in the last seven contests, but remained points six ahead of New Jersey for top seed in the East. Tim Thomas stopped 25-of-28 shots for Boston.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Boston broke their losing streak against Ottawa who went to Boston with four straight wins. That's a very deep team that's mostly healthy that gave Scott Gordon's team a memorable beating in the third period last time the Isles were in Boston.
Islanders dominated but lost the Coliseum game afterward. Bruins close the curtain on the season 4/12.
Does Scott Gordon ride the hot goalie all the way through Sunday or does he put Peter Mannino who was on the ice for a good part of that third period after Joey MacDonald was very upset watching from the bench as Boston buried the Islanders?
Islanders have a few nice long breaks coming up, the pressure to stay in first with the Devils closing is all on the Bruins.
Boston now has Mark Recchi from Tampa Bay since the trade deadline, with them having a game in Pittsburgh do they play Tim Thomas or start Manny Fernandez against a team playing much better than their record?
With players like Lucic and Chara expect them to make it a physical game. I suspect Jackman and Rechlicz could be called on again.
Good test for the Islanders here, Boston now that they have a win should have their game working better.