The Boston Bruins showcased their dominance once again, securing their 11th win in 13 games as they faced off against the New York Islanders. Charlie Coyle had a night to remember, recording his first career hat trick and contributing to a goal in the first period. Coyle’s four-point performance played a crucial role in the Bruins’ victory.
Early in the third period, the Islanders managed to tie the game 2-2 with a short-handed goal from Simon Holmstrom. However, David Pastrnak quickly responded, giving the Bruins the lead with a wrist shot that slipped past Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin.
Coyle continued to shine in the third period, redirecting a crossing pass from James van Riemsdyk into the net, extending the Bruins’ lead to 4-2. The score remained unchanged until the final moments of the game when the Islanders pulled Sorokin for an extra skater.
With the zone cleared, Pastrnak and Coyle capitalized on the opportunity. Coyle selflessly passed the puck back to Pastrnak, who had a clear shot from the right circle. Instead of taking the shot, Pastrnak returned the favor and assisted Coyle in completing his hat trick with a tip-in goal.
Brock Nelson managed to find the back of the net for the Islanders, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bruins’ offensive prowess. Sorokin made 30 saves in a losing effort as the Islanders suffered their third consecutive defeat.
Trent Frederic also contributed to the Bruins’ victory with a goal of his own. However, the team was missing their top defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, who was serving the final game of a four-game suspension for a head hit on Florida’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Looking ahead, the Islanders will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, while the Bruins will travel to Montreal for their next game.