That was a 60-minute buzzkill.
On a Saturday afternoon that started with retiring Butch Goring’s No. 91 and raising it to the rafters and continued with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the Coliseum would be the Islanders’ full-time home until the new arena at Belmont Park opens, the Isles came out against the top team in the NHL and laid an egg.
The Bruins spoiled the Islanders’ big day, sending them to their third straight loss, 4-0, at the Coliseum.
The Islanders have lost seven of their past nine games, leaving them clinging to one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference with a tight bunching of teams behind them. They had at least salvaged a point in each of their previous two losses before this one, but they didn’t come close to doing so on Saturday as Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for the shutout.
The Bruins pounced early on a pair of unconventional first-period goals.
David Pastrnak scored the first — his league-leading 47th — on a mostly open net at 4:30. Patrice Bergeron had collided with goalie Semyon Varlamov, with some help from Islanders defenseman Andy Greene, forcing the goalie to the right of the net and leaving plenty of space for Pastrnak to strike.
Matt Grzelcyk made it 2-0 later in the period when he uncorked a shot from the point. The puck took a pinball bounce off Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was well in front of the net, and got past Varlamov at 13:10.
The Islanders had plenty of opportunity to cut into the Bruins’ lead, with four power plays through the first two periods. But they struggled to generate enough chances, tallying just 12 shots through the opening 40 minutes.
Brad Marchand added a goal on a wraparound midway through the third period and minutes later, a big slap shot from Long Island’s Charlie McAvoy made it 4-0 to put the Bruins’ win on ice.