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Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Islanders 2

4/6/2011

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins bounced back from one of their tougher losses this season with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at TD Garden. After blowing a three-goal lead in a 5-3 loss against the New York Rangers on Monday, the Bruins held on for a 3-2 win over a very pesky Islanders squad that cut a two-goal Bruins lead in half but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Gregory Campbell had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Shawn Thornton and Dennis Seidenberg both added lamplighters. Tim Thomas made 30 saves between the pipes for his 34th win of the season.

Thornton calls his shot and scores in return: Following the game day skate Wednesday, Shawn Thornton was asked by a reporter if he anticipated the Islanders -- who like to drop the gloves -- going after him since he was returning from three games out with a gash on his forehead that required 40 stitches?

“Honestly, I don’t think about it -- I never do -- and focus on playing hockey first and foremost,” Thornton said. “That stuff has always been able to take care of itself so I’m going to go out and score a goal and not worry about that stuff. Earlier in my career I used to worry about that stuff and never sleep, and it’s a waste of energy and time.”

Thornton kept his promise and scored the game’s first goal with .01 seconds left in the first period. The rugged winger looked right at home after the three-game absence, creating space for linemates Gregory Campbell (goal, assist) and Daniel Paille (assist) and hustling on every shift.

Campbell continues to deliver: Shawn Thornton termed Gregory Campbell one of the “most underrated” players in the league. If Campbell keeps playing the way he has this season, he won’t be underrated next season. The pesky center scored his 13th goal of the season and added an assist Monday night and now has 28 points this season.

Power failure: The Islanders are definitely an improved and pesky team to play against, but if the Bruins had any semblance of a power play, this game would’ve been a blowout. The power play was 0-for-5 and continues to struggle. If the Bruins really do plan on going far in the playoffs, they need to figure out a way to at least light the lamp on the man advantage once in a while.

Recchi reaches another milestone: Congrats to Mark Recchi, who tied Chris Chelios for fourth place in all-time games played with 1,651.

Seguin watches from up top: Tyler Seguin -- pointless in his past nine games -- took a seat in the press box as a healthy scratch Wednesday night as Shawn Thornton returned to the lineup. Shane Hnidy and Steve Kampfer were the other healthy scratches. Here’s what the lineup looked like:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi

Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk

Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas

Tuukka Rask

Award night at Garden: The Bruins presented their regular-season awards prior to the game Wednesday. Shawn Thornton won the Eddie Shore Award for exceptional hustle and determination, as chosen by the "Gallery Gods"; Tim Thomas won the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy for outstanding performance during home games, as voted by Boston media; Andrew Ference won the John P. Bucyk Award for greatest off-ice charitable contributions, as chosen by John Bucyk; and the Bruins Three Stars Award for top performers at home over the course of the season, as chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub, went to (1) Tim Thomas, (2) Patrice Bergeron and (3) Milan Lucic.