UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Chris Kelly scored two goals and Tim Thomas turned away 22 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to their eighth straight win, 6-0 over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston (11-7), who has outscored opponents 42-14 during the streak. New York (5-9-3) has lost three of four and 11 of 13. The Bruins have won 14 of 18 games against the Islanders.
Thomas has two shutouts this season and 28 in his NHL career. New York was blanked for the fourth time this season.
Bergeron made it 1-0 7:08 in by redirecting Tyler Seguin’s pass past Rick DiPietro.
Horton’s sixth of the season at 7:36 doubled Boston’s lead. DiPietro attempted to clear the puck while New York was killing a penalty but his pass landed on Horton’s stick. Horton roofed a shot from the top of the right circle.
Kelly pushed the lead to 3-0 with a left circle slap shot at 18:45 after New York defenceman Travis Hamonic lost the puck in his zone.
The Islanders didn’t record a shot until Frans Nielsen’s short-handed drive with 8:52 remaining in the first period. Boston outshot New York 13-2 in the frame and 27-20 overall.
DiPietro was pulled between periods and replaced by AHL call-up Anders Nilsson, who was brought up from the minors Saturday because of injuries to Evgeni Nabokov (groin) and Al Montoya (hamstring).
Nilsson, a third-round pick of the Islanders in 2009, stopped 14 of 17 shots in his NHL debut. He gave up third-period goals to Ference with 9:35 remaining, Kelly at 12:54, and Chara at 18:15. DiPietro stopped 10 of 13 shots in the first period.
Thomas didn’t have to work for this shutout as the Bruins clogged the neutral and defensive zones in the final 40 minutes. New York was mostly limited to shots from the perimeter, except for Nino Niederreiter’s backhander from the slot early in the third, Nielsen’s power-play backhander with 12 minutes left in the game, and two shots by Matt Martin and Jay Pandolfo when the Islanders were short-handed.
NOTES: Islanders RW Kyle Okposo was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. … Ed Westfall was inducted into the Islanders’ Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony. Westfall was the Islanders’ first selection in the 1972 expansion draft and was their first captain. Westfall, who had 231 goals and 625 points in an 18-year career with New York and Boston, called the second with Jiggs McDonald on television. They were the Islanders’ announcing duo from 1980 until 1996.