UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Boston Bruins are finally heading home after producing their best 10-game start on the road in more than 80 years. But as far as the Bruins are concerned, they haven't come close to playing their best hockey yet.
Brad Marchand and David Krejci scored less than five minutes apart early in the second period Tuesday night as the Bruins remained red-hot on the road by beating the New York Islanders, 4-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Adam McQuaid and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins (12-2-2), who won the final four games of a season-high five-game, 12-day road trip to improve to 8-1-1 on the road overall. That's the best 10-game road start for the Bruins since the 1929-30 team opened 9-1-0.
This is the third straight season in which the Bruins have won at least seven of their first 10 road games. Boston opened 7-3 on the road last year and 8-2 in 2010-11.
"It doesn't matter if we're home or away, we come prepared to play and the coaches do a great job making sure that's the case every night," Marchand said. "And at the same time, I think we've got a group full of leaders on our team and they seem to make sure that if guys aren't focused, they (get them) up. And we seem to be able to pull it off every night."
Yet the Bruins, whose active 20-man roster Tuesday featured 17 players who were a part of Boston's Stanley Cup-winning team two years ago, saw plenty to improve upon during a win in which they were outshot by the Islanders in every period and allowed New York to regain some momentum after the goals by Marchand and Krejci.
"We're not playing our best hockey," said goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 36 often-impressive saves. "You've got to be confident when you're winning. But you've got to realize that we're not playing a full 60 (minutes). And even though you have a two-goal lead in the third, like (they) did today, we kind of tend to play a sloppy third, which is not really like us."
Added Bruins coach Claude Julien: "We talk about consistency. Not every night is great, but every night has to be good enough to win. And we've done that so far."
The Islanders' misery at home, meanwhile, continued as they fell to 8-11-1 overall and an NHL-worst 2-8-0 at the Coliseum. The home start is the worst for the Islanders since they went 1-7-2 to begin the 1989-90 season.
"You put up 37 shots, I thought we had some quality chances tonight (but) we come away with the one goal," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We've got to find a way to get it done at home."
Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who are in the midst of a seven-game homestand. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, but the Bruins wasted no time breaking the tie in the second, when Marchand backhanded home the rebound of Andrew Ference's slap shot just 38 seconds into the period.
The Bruins extended their lead to 3-1 at the 5:18 mark, when Krejci's blistering wrist shot from the left faceoff circle soared past Nabokov. The puck hit the net with such force it knocked Nabokov's water bottle off the top of the net.
"(Scoring goals) is where you set the tone," Julien said of the Bruins' second period offense. "Came out in the second period and we get that lead. Teams always play a lot better in the lead and (it) certainly makes other teams get out of their element a little bit."
Campbell added an empty netter with 1:05 left.
The Bruins dominated the early minutes of the first period and took a 1-0 lead on McQuaid's goal -- his first of the season -- 6:43 into the game. But the Islanders ended up outshooting the Bruins 11-10 in the first period and got the equalizer on a goal by Cizikas, who beat Rask with a point-blank goal after he was set up in nifty fashion by Josh Bailey, who passed back to Cizikas as he skated past the net.
Rask, who has allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in each of his last seven starts, was at his best after the Bruins took their two-goal lead. Within a span of a few minutes in the second, Rask stopped a point-blank shot from Mark Streit and later turned back Matt Moulson's rebound of a Streit shot.
NOTES: Because of the lockout-shortened season, the Islanders and Bruins will meet just three times this season, the fewest games between the clubs since 1989-90. The Bruins, who beat the Islanders 4-2 in Boston on Jan. 25, host the Islanders Apr. 11. ... This year marks the fifth time the Islanders had two wins or fewer in their first nine home games. Before the NHL instituted the shootout, the Islanders were 1-7-1 in 1972-83, 1-6-2 in 1989-90 and 2-6-1 in both 1995-96 and 1999-2000. The Islanders went 2-6-1 in 2008-09, the fourth year of the current overtime rules. ... The Bruins scratched wingers Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Aaron Johnson while the Islanders scratched center Keith Aucoin, winger Eric Boulton and defenseman Joe Finley. ... The Bruins entered Tuesday a robust 11-2-2, but Daniel Paille's empty net goal to seal a 4-1 win over the Panthers on Sunday marked the first time all year Boston led a game by at least three goals.