Bruins Notes: ‘A Lot To Like’ About Dominant Win Against Islanders

Everything is clicking at the right time for the Bruins


BOSTON — The Bruins are clicking, to say the least, and that trend continued Saturday afternoon.

Boston took care of the New York Islanders 6-3 at TD Garden in a game that showcased 10 different Bruins players amass at least one point.

The third line of Craig Smith, Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic continued to cook while David Pastrnak, Taylor Hall and Erik Haula once again showed off just how good their chemistry really is.

It was more than just the two lines, though. The penalty kill, power play, goaltending and everything in between gave head coach Bruce Cassidy reason to be happy.

“Well there was a lot to like,” Cassidy said after the game. “I think we had our skating legs. I liked that our power play was much more effective than the last couple of days. … I think all four lines were trying to play the right way, get some offense going and play to their strengths. …”

The Bruins long have been called a one-line team when Pastrnak, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron were a trio. They were dominant, there never was any questioning that, but Cassidy made the decision to split them up to try to generate some offense on other lines and get a little extra from Pastrnak, who struggled to begin the 2021-22 NHL season.

The result: Pastrnak can’t stop scoring, Hall’s play has been elevated and Erik Haula quietly is playing some of his best hockey.

“I think every night we expect to win,” Hall said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, where we’re playing. It’s a fun feeling to have.”

Here are some other notes from Saturday’s Bruins-Islanders game:

— Bergeron played in his 1,200th NHL game — all with the Bruins — in his return Saturday.

“I’ve been around for a while,” Bergeron said.

Bergeron has played his entire 18-year career in Boston, and Cassidy is hoping to have him around for many, many more games.

“I told him, ‘We need you around for 1,300 and beyond,” Cassidy said.

— Haula now has six assists in three games, while Coyle has 22 points in his last 28 games.

— Hampus Lindholm played with Brandon Carlo during the game. The new B’s defenseman continued to play a strong defensive and offensive game, and helped Smith set up his game-opening goal.

— The Bruins return to action Tuesday night when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET on NESN.

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