Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – David Pastrnak scored twice while Loui Eriksson added a goal and two assists to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders Saturday at TD Garden.
Tuukka Rask tallied 25 saves as the Bruins swept the three-game season series from the Islanders (37-21-8).
With the win, the Bruins improved to 39-23-8 and 16-16-5 at home, their first .500 record at home since they were 9-9-2 on Dec. 29
The victory gave the Bruins a three-point lead over the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division with 86 points.
John Tavares scored at 10:48 in the second period to become the 11th Islanders player to reach 200 NHL goals while Thomas Greiss made 28 saves in the loss for the Islanders.
New York remained two points behind the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 82 points.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead during the first power play of the game when Eriksson tucked the puck into the lower left side at 18:26.
Tavares tied the game at 1-1 when he pounced on the loose puck and fired a backhand shot to the top shelf.
Tavares nearly had another goal but was robbed by Rask with 44 seconds remaining on a rebound of a Bailey shot on the rush.
Krejci set up Pastrnak’s go-ahead goal with 8.9 seconds left. Krejci skated from the left corner up the wall and across to the top of the right circle before whizzing a pass to Pastrnak at the left side of the slot for a wrist shot that put Boston ahead 2-1.
Pastrnak scored his second goal at 17:26 of the third period on a one-timer from the right dot that beat Greiss short side for a 3-1 lead.