BOSTON — Taylor Hall scored his first goal with the Boston Bruins, helping Tuukka Rask to his 300th NHL win, 4-1 against the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Thursday.
It was Hall’s second game with the Bruins after he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. He gave Boston a 3-1 lead at 1:52 of the third period.
Rask returned from an upper-body injury and made 22 saves in his first start since March 25, and Brad Marchand scored two goals for the Bruins (23-12-6), who defeated the Islanders for the first time this season (1-3-2).
Travis Zajac scored his first goal with New York (27-12-4) after being acquired from the New Jersey Devils on April 7. Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves.
The teams will play here again Friday.
Marchand scored on a shot that deflected off his back at 1:59 of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Craig Smith made it 2-0 on the power play at 17:55 of the first.
The Bruins outshot the Islanders 23-7 in the first period.
Zajac cut it to 2-1 off a pass from behind the net by Mathew Barzal at 2:56 of the second period.
Marchand scored an empty-net goal at 18:24 of the third period for the 4-1 final.
Islanders forward Josh Bailey left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second period.