Chara embraces Horton/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — After going goal-less in his prior five games and admitting he hasn’t felt the same since returning from last June’s season-ending concussion, Bruins forward Nathan Horton erupted Monday night.

Horton scored twice and assisted on a third goal in a 6-2 rout of the New York Islanders.

Tuukka Rask earned his first win of the season in just his fourth start, while Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci (empty-netter) also scored for Boston.

All of Horton’s points were the result of him driving to the net.

“I have been trying. I just think it kind of went my way tonight,” he said after the game. “It makes you feel good and I know I don’t want to just have one game, I want to keep getting better and keep having fun and keep doing that every night.”

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You can re-live the excitement of the Bruins’ third straight win with this photo gallery courtesy of Sharon Bradley Photography: