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BOSTON -- If the Bruins go on a lengthy winning streak following Saturday night's 4-3 comeback win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden, defenseman Matt Hunwick's tying goal through traffic late in the third period might earn a catchy nickname.
But for now it will just be known as the goal that prevented a demoralizing defeat. Hunwick's wobbly wrister eluded Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson with 2:34 left in the third period to tie the game, 3-3, after the Bruins trailed, 3-0, heading to the last stanza.
"I just tried to change my angle and wrist one through, just get it near the net or on net for a possible rebound," Hunwick said. "Basically it had eyes and found its way to the back of the net."
David Krejci, who was creating traffic between Hunwick and Roloson, had to show quick reflexes to get out of the way of the puck.
"I knew that we always have to have a third guy high, and I was there," said Krejci. "So I just tried to go in the shooting lane to make sure the goalie didn't see the puck. I knew [Hunwick] shot it and I knew in the air it was a looking good. If I get out of the way, it can get in because there was a bit of traffic."
Hunwick finished the night with two points and a plus-1 rating in a season-high 19:21 of ice time. All the Bruins' defenseman had to pick up the slack for the missing Dennis Wideman, who left in the second period with what coach Claude Julien called "an upper-body injury" and did not return.
The Bruins won just twice all of last year when trailing after two periods, and were ranked 20th in win percentage in that situation.