BOSTON — Winthrop, Mass., native Rick DiPietro’s first game in front of his hometown fans since the 2007-08 season went about as poorly as the entire New York Islanders’ season tonight.
Milan Lucic scored twice and DiPietro was burned trying to play the puck out by the top of the circle for a Brad Marchand shorthanded goal in a 5-2 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden.
The Islanders fell to 5-16-5 on the season.
Here’s a glance at the box score:
•Tuukka Rask made his first start since Nov. 28. He earned the win with 33 saves on 35 shots.
•Marchand is now tied for the league lead with three shorthanded goals.
•Lucic’s second goal was an empty-netter — his fourth of the season. Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins.