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Bergeron hat trick helps B’s beat Isles, 5-2

  • Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates with teammate Brad Marchand after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Thursday in New York.

  • New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) reacts as he watches the puck shot by Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron get past him for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • Boston Bruins' Jake DeBrusk (74) and David Krejci (46) hug Ryan Spooner after Spooner scored a goal as New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak, center, reacts with teammates as the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal by Patrice Bergeron during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) watches as New York Islanders' Mathew Barzal (13) closes in during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • Boston Bruins' Jake DeBrusk, left, and David Krejci (46) celebrate with Ryan Spooner (51) after Spooner scored a goal as New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak, right, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) stops a shot on the goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II



AP Sports Writer
Thursday, January 18, 2018

NEW YORK — Patrice Bergeron scored three goals to lead Boston to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, giving the Bruins at least a point for the 15th consecutive game.

Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as Boston improved to 11-0-4 since its last regulation loss Dec. 14 against Washington — its best stretch since going 15-0-1 from March 2-30, 2014. Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin stopped 22 shots.

Jordan Eberle and John Tavares scored for New York, which has dropped seven of 10 — with each of the losses coming in regulation. Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves while facing fewer than 35 shots for the first time in his last 11 games.

Bergeron completed his third career hat trick — just 12 days after a four-goal, five-point night at home against Carolina — when he took a pass from Marchand, spun and fired the puck in from the left circle at 3:45 of the third period. It was his 19th goal of the season.

Tavares pulled the Islanders within two with about 5½ minutes remaining with his 25th goal. Marchand capped the scoring with his 20th with just over a minute to go.

Boston won for the second straight night after giving up the first goal of the game in the first period. The Bruins did the same thing in a 4-1 win at home against Montreal on Wednesday night.

In this one, they took control with two goals in the second period and sealed it with two more in the third.

Spooner put Boston ahead 2-1 near the midpoint of the second. Off a faceoff in the Islanders’ zone to Halak’s left, Spooner backhanded the puck past the goalie for his seventh at 9:47.

Just 15 seconds after New York’s Anders Lee was sent off for tripping, Bergeron extended the Bruins’ lead to 3-1. After Torey Krug’s initial shot went off Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech’s leg, Bergeron got the puck on the right side and beat Halak for his 18th of the season with 6:11 left in the middle period. Krug got his 200th career assist.

Eberle got the Islanders on the scoreboard 7:35 into the game. Mathew Barzal intercepted Brandon Carlo’s pass in the Bruins’ zone and passed to a streaking Eberle, who beat Khudobin from the inside edge of the right circle for his 15th. Barzal got his 32nd assist and 47th point — both tops among all NHL rookies.

The Bruins tied it with 6:19 left in the first when Bergeron took a pass from Marchand and fired it past Halak from the inside edge of the right circle.