NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 12:38 AM
The October magic of the Kings of Queens didn’t rub off on their blue-and-orange brethren in Brooklyn on Friday night.
With a contingent of Mets players in attendance at Barclays Center, the Islanders couldn’t treat the National League champions to a victory, falling to the Bruins, 5-3. The loss snapped a four-game win streak.
NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Tyler Clippard, Jon Niese, Kelly Johnson and Kirk Nieuwenhuis were among the Mets at the game. Noted Rangers fan Matt Harvey was also in attendance. Matz and Clippard were shown together on the arena video board, as were Murphy and Niese.
Mets players like Jacob deGrom, Kelly Johnson, Matt Harvey, David Wright, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jonathon Niese and Daniel Murphy at Isles – Bruins.
Harvey, who was at the Rangers game Thursday, was shown along with Wright, deGrom and Johnson on the video board in the third, and Harvey briefly held up a black, personalized Islanders jersey he was given. All players received loud ovations from the crowd, which chanted “MVP” after Murphy was shown. Harvey, Wright, deGrom and Wilmer Flores were in Brooklyn earlier Friday for the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes a stop during the first period.
Murphy was interviewed by MSG during the first intermission and said, “Looks like I picked the right sport. I don’t like to get hit.” Matz told the network he knows Kyle Okposo and a few other Islanders from doing injury rehab with some of them a couple of years ago.
On the ice, a sloppy second period by the Islanders (4-2-1, nine points) marred by poor puck management allowed the Bruins (3-3-1, seven points) to take the lead after the Isles led 2-1 after the first. Seven of the Islanders’ 14 giveaways came in the second period. One by Calvin de Haan led directly to Joonas Kemppainen’s tying goal at 16:13 of the second, 2:03 before David Pastrnak beat Jaroslav Halak (21 saves) to give the Bruins a lead they didn’t relinquish.
Isles’ Matt Martin fights Bruins’ Tyler Randell in the first period.
“For parts of the second period we were playing pond hockey,” coach Jack Capuano said. “We didn’t manage the puck. We didn’t do anything.”
Ryan Spooner doubled Boston’s lead at 8:09 of the third. David Krejci scored an empty-netter at 17:35, 32 seconds before Thomas Hickey pulled one back for the Isles, who had goals from Josh Bailey (power play) and Casey Cizikas in the first.
“We just stopped playing,” Cizikas said. “That’s what it comes down to. We didn’t compete hard enough. We didn’t do the little things to win those one-on-one battles, and we kind of left Jaro out to hang there.”
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