The Boston Bruins started their three game road trip on a solid note in Long Island, New York defeating the Islanders for the second time this season.
When these two last met, the Bruins thumped them in Boston with a 6-2 win.
Five games later, the Bruins thumped them again 6-0 earning Tim Thomas his second shut out of the season.
Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring in the first period. Tyler Seguin went full tilt up the ice and made a backhanded pass to a charging Bergeron who buried it in the net past Rick DiPietro.
Later in the frame, DiPietro tried to clear the puck up the middle but it was intercepted by Nathan Horton who ripped it at net and it beat the Islander net minder to make it 2-0, Bruins.
With a minute and 15 seconds left in the opening period, Benoit Pouliot had the puck poke checked by Islander Travis Hamonic. Only problem for the Islanders was that it ended up right at a well positioned Chris Kelly who blasted it past DiPietro.
In the Second Period, Anders Nilsson was placed in the Islanders' net after the Bruins beat DiPietro on three of only 13 shots on the net. Nilsson kept the score sheet clean for the middle frame.
It took 29 minutes and 35 seconds to finally get another in the Islanders' net by a very late power play goal (officially, the power play was over, but the puck was clearly scored with a second left of the man advantage).
Andrew Ference got a point to point pass from Joe Corvo. Ference ripped a shot that counted to give him his first goal of the season and the Bruins, their fourth of the night to make it 4-0 B's.
About two and a half minutes later, Boston was at it again. Kelly passed to Milan Lucic, Lucic made a on-handed backhand pass back to Kelly. Kelly dangled and made a back hand, but Nilsson denied him, but he was down and out and the puck got right back on Kelly's stick. Kelly didn't make a second mistake and he popped it high and in to make it 5-0 Bruins.
With a minute, 45 seconds left of the game, Islander John Tavares made a turnover coming out of the Islander zone to Boston's Zdeno Chara. Chara passed to Greg Campbell, then to Brad Marchand. Marchand passed to Chara who lifted a wrist shot past Nilsson's right side to finish up the scoring.
The Bruins outscored the Islanders 12-2.
"Movember" has been very good for the bruins winning all eight games to date.
So far, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 42-14 for a 3:1 ratio. All that matter to the Bruins is the number adding in the win column, but having those offensive numbers certainly contribute to that number.
Next up, the Bruins are shipping up to Montreal to take on the Canadiens and these guys seem to have the Bruins' number when it comes to the regular season. Already the Habs have defeated the B's in their last two meetings of the the season thus far.
The Bruins hope to show the Montreal squad that the wins were during the slow start and this is a team with more jump in their step to add them to their win streak.
The Habs are wanting to notch another win against their Original Six rivals and to end the Bruins' win streak at eight.
This will be Chara's first match up with Max Pacioretty since the devastating hit that left Pacioretty on the ice with a concussion and a broken vertebrae.
The charges were dropped on Chara by the Quebec Police and Crown, but the Montreal Faithful will be sure to rain down the boos on Chara whenever he touches the puck.
But them again...they have been doing that for years...
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean"