- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored the game-winning goal at 7:07 of the third period to help Boston to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night at TD Garden. It was his first goal of the season.
With the win, Boston is 3-0-1 this season.
The Islanders received a pair of goals from Keith Aucoin.
It wasn't the cleanest of games for the Bruins, but they did just enough and now have seven points in the first four games this season.
"Well, it wasn't our best game, but I thought our third period was probably our best period," Chara said.
With the game tied at 2-2, Chara and Bergeron scored third-period goals to help Boston to victory.
"It was a big effort. Obviously, we didn't get the start we wanted, but we found a way and those goals were key," Bergeron said. "Tuukka made some great saves, but we had to find ways to get some offense."
HAMMER TIME: Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton continues to impress. On Boston's first goal of the game at 4:52 in the first period, Daniel Paille had control of the puck in the corner when Hamilton was calling for the pass. He kept his one-timer low and Thornton was there to pump in the rebound. In the third period, he assisted on Bergeron's breakaway goal. Hamilton now has three assists in four games this season.
DING, DING: The Bruins’ Milan Lucic received his first fighting major of the season when he dropped the gloves with the Islanders’ Matt Carkner at 5:54 of the first period. After a few exchanges, Lucic dropped Carkner to the ice with a straight right. Later in the first period, the Islanders’ Matt Martin tried to get the Bruins’ Daniel Paille to go, but teammate Shawn Thornton jumped in to protect his linemate. For his actions, Thornton received a 10-minute misconduct and headed to the locker room at 16:33 of the period.
PERFECTO: The Bruins killed off three penalties and are now 17-for-17 on the PK this season.
"We took the decision to be a little more aggressive this year," Julien said. "We started that a little bit last year, but our guys are pretty confident right now. It's like anything else, confidence plays a big role and right now we've got a group that's proud to not have given up a goal yet, and they're going to try to make it last as long as they can."
NOT SO: The power play continues to be an issue for the Bruins. They went 0-for-3 against the Islanders and are 1-for-17 this season.
LOCAL BOY: Aucoin, of Waltham, Mass., scored a pair of goals and now has four points in his past two games. His first goal tied the game at 1-1 at 11:13 of the first period. It was his second goal in as many nights. He added his second of the game at 9:50 of the second period to give New York a 2-1 lead. He blasted a one-timer from the high slot that beat Rask. Aucoin, who also attended Norwich University, spent two different stints in the Bruins’ organization with the Providence Bruins in 2002-03 and during the lockout in 2004-05 but never played in Boston. He was a key member of the Washington Capitals team that defeated the Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring.
"I had a lot of my family here tonight," Aucoin said. "I played a lot of games here, especially in the playoffs. To be on the board tonight, it was a pretty good feeling to do it in front of my family and friends."