Bruins-Islanders Preview

While Brad Marchand has done the bulk of the scoring lately, the Boston Bruins have gotten plenty of other contributions during a successful stretch.

The Bruins will seek their fourth win in five games Monday night while trying to avoid a season sweep to the New York Islanders.

Marchand has six goals and two assists during a five-game point streak, which he extended with an assist Saturday in a 6-1 rout in Philadelphia.

Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists in that win, and Zdeno Chara scored a pair of goals as Boston (32-15-3) improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games and 3-0-1 in its last four on the road.

The Bruins have had eight different players score at least one goal in their last four games, and those same eight have each tallied 10 or more this season. Marchand and Reilly Smith share the team lead with 16, and Marchand has five in the past four contests.

"The more you can spread around the scoring, the tougher you are to defend," coach Claude Julien said. "It’s important to have. We like the fact that we are well-balanced and our scoring is spread around."

The Bruins, however, haven’t generated enough scoring to beat the Islanders (21-25-8) this season. New York scored all of its goals in the second period in a 3-1 home victory Nov. 2 and rallied for a 5-3 win in Boston on Dec. 31.

The Bruins led by two with less than four minutes remaining in the second period before the Islanders scored four unanswered goals, two from John Tavares in the final frame.

New York has tallied a combined 19 goals in its past five games but hasn’t done enough to keep opponents off the scoreboard. The Islanders have given up 21 goals in that stretch – including 10 in back-to-back losses.

They carried a one-goal lead into the final minute of regulation against visiting St. Louis on Saturday before allowing the tying goal with 27 seconds left. They also had Thomas Vanek’s overtime goal overturned on a review before falling 4-3 in a shootout.

New York has blown 2-0 leads in each of the last two games, including a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Islanders had won 10 of 13 before those defeats.

"We’re not doing enough to hang on to the leads," Tavares said. "We just need to buckle down and find a way to get it done."

The Islanders have won three straight over Boston for their longest win streak in the series since a six-game run Nov. 1, 2005-Jan. 11, 2007. Kyle Okposo has a team-best seven points (one goal, six assists) during the last three matchups, and Tavares has three goals and two assists.

Vanek has four points (one goal, three assists) in his two games against Boston since being acquired from Buffalo on Oct. 27. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in his last 15 matchups with the Bruins.

Marchand doesn’t have a point in the two games against the Islanders this season. He had two goals and six assists in his previous six meetings.