The Boston Bruins earned a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, but it almost didn’t end as well for the Black and Gold.

After taking a 2-0 lead, the B’s turned in a sloppy second period, allowing the Isles to tie things up until defenseman Kevan Miller righted the ship by scoring with four seconds to spare in the frame. Boston then got back to basics in the third period, coasting by New York simply by playing fundamental hockey.

“They got back to keeping it simple, and that’s something that was talked about a lot during the game,” former goaltender Mike Morrison said on “The Instigators” on Thursday. “A late goal by Miller was huge. … And then the whole rest of the third period, they didn’t come out and make the same mistake they had in the second.

“They didn’t sit back. There was good back checking, getting pucks deep, throwing pucks to the net, hitting guys. That’s what they got to keep doing. That’s what we’ve known them for here in the city. If they keep doing that, they’ll be all right.”

For Tom Caron, that’s the style of play that will get the Bruins through the playoffs.

“It’s that flip of the switch,” Caron said. “It’s the desperation. If they can play with that all the time, they are maybe the best team in the conference. But they haven’t figured out that 60 minutes. … I need to see that desperation, that urgency every shift.”

Hear more from “The Instigators” in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press