The Isles defeated the Boston Bruins today 3-1, on goals from Doug Weight, Jon Sim and Mike Comrie. The team came out sluggish in the first 3 minutes of the first period with Freddy Meyer taking an early penalty. After the kill, the Isles turned it up by outshooting the Bruins 12-4. As has been typical, the Isles failed to turn any of those 12 shots into goals.
Second period started out awful. Two quick penalties to Guerin and Gervais set up a 5 on 3 for the Bruins. While the Bruins did eventually score on the PP, the stellar goaltending of MacDonald kept the team in the game for most of the period.
Isles really came out of the gate in the 3rd, taking it to them Bruins and forcing them into numerous penalties.
Impressions: I was very impressed with the play of Streit and Hillen on the defense. Good puck movement on the blue line. Sim continues to impress me with his play as well. His ability to park himself in front of the opposing goaltender paid off again with a sweet deflection of a Thomas Pock point shot.
While the Isles only went 1 for 7 of the PP, I thought the puck movment was solid and the play in front of the net was stellar. Both these things were missing last season and should encourage fans of the team.