Tuukka Rask was getting frustrated that the season was a month old and he had yet to win a game. His teammates knew they were letting him down.
''He's bailed us out a lot of times,'' Bruins forward Nathan Horton said. ''We obviously want to give him confidence. He's a great goaltender, and we've got to play better in front of him.''
Rask stopped 24 shots and Horton had two goals and an assist on Monday night as the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the New York Islanders 6-2 night to escape last place in the Eastern Conference. It was the first win of the season for Rask, who was 0-3 as the backup to reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas.
''I was a little frustrated, but not too crazy,'' Rask said. ''I knew it would come. But we were playing badly as a team early in the season.''
The Bruins have three in a row for the first time this season, scoring 18 goals in victories over Ottawa, Toronto and the Islanders. David Krejci, who had a hat trick in the 7-0 wi...