Boston Bruins defeat New York Islanders, 7-2

On Monday, the Islanders swiped a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, partly because Montreal defenseman Ryan O'Byrne shot the puck into his net in the third period when he didn't realize goalie Carey Price had vacated the goal because of a delayed penalty.

But from first-year Islanders coach Scott Gordon's viewpoint, that tying goal would never have been scored had veteran Doug Weight not been forechecking aggressively on O'Byrne.

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In third period, with his team up, 2-1, Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy found himself on the wrong side of Islanders forward Bill Guerin.

Instead of being positioned between Guerin and the Boston goal, Hnidy and partner Mark Stuart were caught too far up the ice, leading to a high-definition view of the back of Guerin's uniform as the New York captain sprinted off for a partial breakaway on Manny Fernandez.

"Just praying for Manny to make the save," said Hnidy today, r...

In yesterday's third period, with his team up, 2-1, Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy found himself on the wrong side of Islanders forward Bill Guerin.

Instead of being positioned between Guerin and the Boston goal, Hnidy and partner Mark Stuart were caught too far up the ice, leading to a high-definition view of the back of Guerin's uniform as the New York captain sprinted off for a partial breakaway on Manny Fernandez.

"Just praying for Manny to make the save," said Hn...

Seven goals and two fights. Who could ask for anything more?

You might as well get it into your head. The Bruins are serious. They are where they are in the NHL standings because they're good.

And they're more than just good. They're fun. Ask any of the 17,565 in the sellout matinee crowd at TD Banknorth Garden yesterday if he or she felt cheated in any way. It's not possible. The Bruins' 7-2 dispatch of the New York Islanders was a very good show.

The crowd had h...