Bruins Wrap: Boston Rolls Past Islanders In Jake DeBrusk’s Return

'Uncle Nick' delivered for the Black and Gold


Feb 18, 2023

BOSTON — The Bruins cruised past the New York Islanders, 6-2, at TD Garden on Saturday night.

The Bruins improved to 42-8-5, and the Islanders fell to 28-24-7

Check out the full box score here.

The siblings road trip appeared to be what the Black and Gold needed. Since their loss to the Washington Capitals last Saturday, the Bruins have won three straight games following their victory over the Islanders. Boston has outscored its opponents 14-to-4 during that three-game span.

It was a rough day for New York goaltender Semyon Varlamov as the Islanders had little answers to slow down Boston’s offense. Jake DeBrusk set the tone early for the Bruins with a power-play goal just 2:19 into the game. It was his first game since the Winter Classic, and the 26-year-old winger didn’t look like he missed a beat Saturday.

Islanders winger Kyle Palmieri appeared to make it a game when he cut the deficit, 3-1, and after the B’s struggled with penalties. But the Bruins didn’t waver and continued their dominance to put a blow to New York’s playoff push late in the season. Linus Ullmark registered 28 saves in the winning effort.

— Trent Frederic scored two goals in the game, including an incredible wrist shot that blew past Varlamov in the second period. The center now has 13 goals this season.

— Nick Foligno had a two-point outing Saturday. He scored his ninth goal of the season in the first period, and he and Charlie McAvoy provided assists on Frederic’s first-period goal.

— DeBrusk was on the first power-play line, and he picked up right where he left off. The winger’s goal was his 17th of the season, and he provided an assist on Patrice Bergeron’s second-period goal.

DeBrusk had +1300 odds to be the game’s first goal scorer, and he made bettors a good amount of money Saturday. A $100 bet would have paid out $1,400.

The Bruins stay in TD Garden for a Presidents’ Day clash against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Puck drop is scheduled at 1 p.m. ET, and you can catch full coverage, along with an hour of pregame, on NESN.

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