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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Isles 3, Bruins 2

By James Murphy





BOSTON -- New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 Saturday at TD Garden.

But while the Bruins weren't able to win their second straight and build off the dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Devils Thursday, their biggest loss may end being Tuukka Rask, who suffered an injury in the second period and did not return. Tim Thomas relieved Rask but could not help his team get the win, allowing two goals on 13 shots. Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins, while John Tavares had the game winner and Josh Bailey scored the other two goals for the Islanders.

Seguin and Krejci really clicking: David Krejci and Tyler Seguin are showing good chemistry since being put on the same line by coach Claude Julien on Thursday night. Seguin scored the Bruins' second goal, with Krejci getting the secondary assist. Krejci's puck control and Seguin's speed provide the Bruins with a potentially lethal scoring weapon.

Rolston gets first point in second stint with Bruins: One of the reasons the Bruins brought Brian Rolston back at the NHL trade deadline was his special-teams play. On Saturday Rolston displayed those skills by assisting on a power-play goal by Milan Lucic 15:10 into the first period. It was Rolston's first point since being acquired by the Bruins.

Corvo playing with more confidence: With his recent struggles Joe Corvo has been under fire from the media and fans, and the pressure seemed to be getting to him as Corvo made numerous mistakes and turnovers on the ice. Julien has even had to defend Corvo to the media as speculation grew that he could be a healthy scratch soon after the Bruins acquired two defensemen at the trade deadline. But on Saturday Corvo had more poise and confidence on the ice and assisted on Lucic's power-play goal in the first period.

Rask injured, leaves game in second period: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask left the game 9:01 into the second period after falling to the ice in pain while making a split save. Rask was rolling around in pain and waved the trainers to come to him. He was helped to the bench by his teammates and relieved by Tim Thomas. The score was 1-1 at the time, with Rask stopping 11 of 12 Islanders shots.

Boychuk returns: After skating for the previous three days with his team, defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup Saturday and was paired with his usual blue-line partner, Zdeno Chara. Boychuk played 20:24. Here's what the lineup looked like Saturday:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brian Rolston- Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Greg Zanon-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas