Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Kelly had two goals and one assist and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders, 6-0, on Saturday night for their first eight-game winning streak in almost three years.
Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston while Tim Thomas had 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, even if the Bruins didn't need it.
"The human tendency is to let up and we did a good job of staying with it for most of the game," Thomas said of having a big lead. "There was only a couple of really good chances."
The Bruins scored three goals in both the first and third periods. They hadn't won eight straight games since capturing 10 in a row from December 12, 2008 through January 1, 2009.
Their streak includes two victories over the Islanders, who have lost five of their last six.
Rick DiPietro allowed three goals on 13 shots in the first period. Anders Nilsson backstopped a scoreless second period, then gave up three goals on 11 shots in the third.
The Islanders have an Eastern Conference-worst 13 points.
"There were some guys that cared on the bench tonight, but the emotion was down, fragile," said head coach Jack Capuano. "And you know what? You gotta battle through it."