Boston Bruins defeat New York Islanders, 3-2

Michael Ryder’s day off started with 3:54 left in the second period, moments after he dropped the Islanders’ Blake Comeau with a hit against the rear boards in Boston’s end.

“I kind of let up,’’ said Ryder, who was tossed from yesterday’s game for what was deemed a hit from behind on the big Islander winger. “I was just trying to hit him, and I don’t know, maybe he turned the wrong way. I hope he is OK.’’

Comeau, who earlier gave out some punishing hits, was reporte...

The Boston Bruins and U.S. Olympic backup goalie Tim Thomas picked the right time to start heading in the right direction.

Thomas made 37 saves to lead Boston past the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday in the opener of the Bruins' season-high seven-game road trip.

Marc Savard scored on a second-period power play, and Milan Lucic and David Krejci also scored for Boston, the lowest-scoring team in the NHL.

The Bruins have won two in a row and six of their last seve...

No matter the opposition, it’s clear that the Bruins aren’t going to brush anyone aside easily as they cling perilously to their playoff spot. Case in point: Yesterday afternoon’s 3-2 win at Nassau Coliseum over the scrappy Islanders, which had Tim Thomas making 33 stops over the final two periods and benefiting greatly from a right post that kept out a Bruno Gervais point-blank slapper midway through the third period.

“If it caught the inside of the post, it probably w...