Patrice Bergeron recorded his third career hat trick by scoring in each period, and the Boston Bruins gained at least a point for the 15th straight game by rolling to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday at Barclays Center in New York.
Bergeron, who scored four goals on January 6 and also had a hat trick January 11, 2011, scored the tying goal in the first period, netted Boston's third goal on the power play in the second and tallied early in the third. The goal was Tavares' 25th of the season and he now sits at 55 points in 47 games.
Jordan Eberle and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who are 4-8-1 in their last 13 contests and lost their second straight after taking an early lead.
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Bergeron's big night helped the Bruins improve to 11-0-4 in their past 15 games.
Spooner put Boston ahead 2-1 near the midpoint of the second.
Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin stopped 22 shots as the Bruins improved to 20-3-4 since November 15 and pulled within five points of first-place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.
In this one, they took control with two goals in the second period and sealed it with two more in the third. Bergeron extended the Bruins' lead to 3-1 on the power play four minutes later when he was the quickest to react to a blocked shot from the point and swept a bouncing puck past Halak's glove. Krug got his 200th career assist.
Eberle gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead 7:35 into the game when he beat Khudobin for his 15th. Mathew Barzal got his 32nd assist and 48th point on the play - both tops among all National Hockey League rookies.
The Bruins tied it with 6:19 left in the first when Bergeron took a pass from Marchand and fired it past Halak from the inside edge of the right circle. He had an assist on Tavares' goal. Boston has won seven straight on the Islanders' home ice since a 3-1 loss at Nassau Coliseum on November 2, 2013. Bergeron has nine goals and 14 points in his last eight games.
Bruins: At Montreal on Saturday to wrap a two-game trip.