Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/25/13
8 a.m.: The Bruins will wrap up their crazy first week on Friday night at the Garden, but before they can get a couple of days off for the weekend, they have a date with the New York Islanders. The Isles come to Boston for the second half of a back-to-back after starting their road trip in Toronto on Thursday night. New York took it to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night, pasting them 7-4 in Toronto. Michael Grabner and Matt Moulson scored two goals apiece and former Bruins forward Brad Boyes added a goal and two assists. The Islanders now find themselves tied for the lead in the Atlantic Division, thanks in large part to their offense, which has now tallied 12 goals in just three games. The B’s, meanwhile, return to Boston after their first road game of the season Wednesday in New York. It was a tough loss to swallow with the Bruins losing in overtime to the Rangers, but the B’s did come away with a point and some positives. Friday may also mark the 2013 debut of Anton Khudobin, who has yet to see any action this season. Tuukka Rask has made all three starts for the B’s, and while he looked fantastic in the third period Wednesday, it might be time for Claude Julien to give his No. 1 netminder a break. The Bruins took three of four from the Islanders last season, with their only loss coming on the Island. The B’s lit up New York for 16 goals in those four games, including a 5-2 win at the Garden on Dec. 9. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Garden.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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