Dougie Hamilton secured a permanent spot on the Boston Bruins roster with his first multi-point night as the B’s defeated the Islanders 4-2 at TD Garden. His first assist came at 4:52 of the first period, when his shot was tipped by Daniel Paille and saved by Rick DiPietro, but Shawn Thornton cleaned up the rebound to make it 1-0 Bruins. Matt Carkner and Milan Lucic got into a scrap shortly after the Thornton goal, with Lucic getting the best of the former Ottawa Senator with a right cross to the jaw.
Waltham, Massachusetts native Keith Aucoin tied the game at one when a beautiful pass from Colin McDonald found him in the crease. Aucoin struck again as the Massachusetts kid fired home a slap shot that beat Tuukka Rask to give New York the 2-1 lead.
Hamilton wasn’t done yet, finding Brad Marchand with an incredible cross-ice pass late in the third period. Marchand found Patrice Bergeron skating towards the Islander’s net, and after a series of dekes the Selke Trophy winner put the dagger home, making it 4-2 Bruins.
Rask made 24 saves as Boston out-shout the Isles 27-26. He moves to 5-1-0 against the Islanders in his career. Boston also out-hit their counterparts from Long Island (Brooklyn?) 35-27.
3. Daniel Paille- Paille only found the score sheet once, but was a constant presence on the ice. His big hit on Brian Strait sent an aggressive message for the Bruins.
2. Dougie Hamilton- The rookie impressed once again with his first multi-point game as an NHL player. His ability to shoot the puck low through traffic and produce rebounds has really been on display this year.
1. Keith Aucoin- A little love for the Massachusetts native, who kept the Islanders in the game with two goals in his home state.
It was a gritty win for the Black & Gold tonight. They’ll be on the road for the next one, headed south to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.