National Hockey League

Taylor Hall scores first goal as a Bruin to boost victory over Islanders

Taylor Hall made his Boston arrival official Thursday night, connecting for his first goal in a Black-and-Gold uniform early in the third period and helping to pace the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Islanders at the Garden.

Brad Marchand and the red-shot Craig Smith scored in the first period when the Bruins peppered Isles goalie Semyon Varlamov with 23 shots.

However, the puck was in and out of the net so quickly, no one on the officiating crew spotted it cross the line, in part because it bounced right out off the camera that is mounted under the crossbar.

Smith drove it home with a one-time snap from the high inner edge of the right circle, set up with a perfect short-range dish from David Krejci on the right side.

The Islanders, as expected, pushed back form the start of the second period and cut the Boston lead in half when newly-acquired Travis Zajac, ex-of the Devils, tucked one up high to the top shelf off a feed from behind the goal line by the ever-crafty Mathew Barzal.

2 Boston power-play unit had McAvoy as the point man, working with forwards Jake DeBrusk, Nick Ritchie, Krejci, and Smith.

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