Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss made 28 saves in his first regulation loss of the season.
BOSTON (AP) — Islanders captain John Tavares scored his 200th career goal, becoming the 11th player in franchise history to reach the mark, but coach Jack Capuano was focused on less happy matters after his team fell to the Bruins, 3-1, on Saturday.
“Going to have to learn in this league that if (you) don’t manage the puck and you want to give up unforced error(s), you’re not going to win,” the coach said. “End of story.”
David Pastrnak scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves, leading Boston.
Loui Eriksson added a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have won their last five games against the Islanders.
Pastrnak’s point-blank wrist shot beat Thomas Greiss for a 2-1 lead with 8.9 seconds left in the second period.
Greiss stopped 28 shots in his first regulation loss this season after entering with a 7-0-2 record. Greiss is filling for Jaroslav Halak, who is expected to miss at least six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Eriksson dragged a puck around Greiss for a power-play goal late in the first. It was Eriksson’s 26th of the season.
John Tavares (91) becomes the 11th player in Islanders history with 200 career goals.
The Islanders pulled even on Tavares’ mileston backhand goal midway through the second.
“I didn’t really have any idea until maybe a couple days ago, found out I was one away,” Tavares said. “So, you know, it’s 200, and hopefully I can get another couple hundred.”
The Islanders outshot the Bruins 9-6 in the final period.
The Bruins were coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on Thursday, and coach Claude Julien said right afterward that he thought his team would play much better against the Islanders, another team jockeying for position in the Eastern Conference. The Atlantic Division leaders responded with their fifth win in seven games.
“We knew we were going to get a pretty hungry Islanders team and we were going to get the best of them,” Julien said, “so it was important for us to be on top of our game right from the drop of the puck.”