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Score Hall, Rask returns in Bruins’ victory over Islanders – CBS New York


BOSTON (AP) – Taylor Hall scored his first goal for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots for his 300th career win – and his first since February – as Bruins dominate New York Islanders and win 4-1 on Thursday night.

Rask has only played once since 7 March due to a back injury. His teammates helped him get an easy one, overtaking Islanders 45-23 – including the first 23-7 – and receiving two from Brad Marchand and one from Craig Smith to win the second consecutive match.

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“He looks very tough,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “We didn’t give him a heavy load of work, but he was there when we needed him and was good for him.”

Travis Zajac scored the first goal for New York, and Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves. The Islanders have won five of their previous six games, and are two points ahead of Capital Washington in the East Division.

Boston, the team that won the 2020 Presidential Cup after a season that shortened the pandemic, solidified fourth place and last terminal in the playoffs in the East, 4 points ahead of Rangers.

The teams meet again in Boston on Friday night.

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Rask, who has played his entire 14-year career in Boston, ranks 36th on the NHL career winners list, alongside Tomas Vokoun, one behind Mike Richter and three behind Olaf Kolzig.

“It is a great milestone. It’s one of those things that once you’re done playing, it’s something to be proud of. It will be a good memory, ”said 2014 winner Vezina Trophy, who played only 16 of the team’s 41 games this season. “Hopefully I can get a few more, and I guess I’ll get past them.”

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Hall was acquired from Sabers on early Monday morning trading, drove to Boston that day and made his Bruins team debut on Tuesday night in a 3-2 win over his former side. . The No. 1 overall pick in 2010 scored in a third breakaway thriller, launched by David Pastrnak, to make it 3-1.

“That’s why he’s here, to help us win a game, do your job,” says Cassidy. “And he did.”

Marchand added an empty goal in the final two minutes.

Boston took a 1-0 lead as Mike Reilly, who was also bought back on trade deadline, turned the tide from the green line. Patrice Bergeron cut it neatly and the bouncing ball deflected Marchand’s back and entered the net before returning immediately.

The match continued for 10 seconds before the whistle allowed playback to award a goal to Bruins.

“There were really no passengers tonight,” Cassidy said. “That’s what you were looking for.”

Boston made the lead 2-0 as Smith scored in a dominant power game while Brock Nelson had to retire for a teenage doubles player.

The Islanders turned it into a one-goal game as Mathew Barzal won the fight taking the hit behind the net and turned it towards Zajac, acquired from New Jersey alongside Kyle Palmieri at the last moment. , in one slot. That was only New York’s ninth shot in the 24th match for the Bruins team.

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