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Islanders 4, Bruins 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Jack Hillen scored the game-deciding goal early in the third period as the New York Islanders tallied three times in the final stanza to dump Boston, 4-2, at Nassau Coliseum.

Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau each posted a goal and one assist for the Islanders, who have won four of their last five.

“We don’t get down on oursleves and just stick together like we’ve been doing for a while now,” said Hillen. “I just think it shows that as a team we’re growing and doing good things.”

Al Montoya stopped 26-of-28 shots, improving to 7-2-2 on the year.

Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara provided the offense for the Bruins, who have dropped four in a row. Tim Thomas allowed three goals on 41 shots for his third loss in as many starts.

“I don’t think our team has played as well since we came back from our trip out west,” said Boston head coach Claude Julien. “We’re not doing the things we did on that trip that gave us success.”

The Islanders drew even at 1:28 of the third period when Michael Grabner’s prayer of a turnaround shot from the right circle slid through Thomas and in, then the home team forged ahead for the first time in the contest when a Hillen point shot caromed off a Bruin in the slot and popped over Thomas at 5:58.

Boston decided to skate with a extra attacker for the final minute of regulation, but the move backfired in rare fashion.

With just under 10 seconds remaining, Parenteau was taken down in the neutral zone by Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron with a clear path to the empty net, meaning an automatic goal was awarded.

Boston got on the board at the 16:29 mark of the first period, when Horton followed up Milan Lucic’s rebound and hit the open net with a backhander.

Chara ripped home a shot from the right wing during a two-man edge and the Bruins went up 2-0 at 13:02 of the second, but the Islanders survived the back end of the one-man power play unscathed.

New York cut into its deficit on Moulson’s power-play score with two seconds left before intermission.

For the Islanders, it was their first home win against Boston since December 12, 2009…Bruins second-overall pick Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch once again…Kyle Okposo tallied two assists for the Islanders, and David Krejci picked up two helpers for the Bruins.


Boston Bruins At New York Islanders: Bruins Pose Tough Test For Islanders

(Sports Network) - The Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins will try to get back on the winning track tonight when they visit the New York Islanders tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

The Bruins, who are four points ahead of Montreal for the division lead, are 0-1-2 in the last three games after winning their previous seven contests.

Boston was dealt an overtime setback last night against the visiting Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins scored the first two goals on Thursday, but the Sabres rallied for a 4-3 overtime win. Brad Boyes scored with 1:16 left in the extra session to give Buffalo two points.

Nathan Gerbe set up the game-winning goal by picking up a loose puck and racing down the center of the ice before ripping a shot from the point. Tim Thomas blocked the initial shot, but wasn't quick enough to prevent the diminutive forward from slipping the puck to Boyes for the open-net tap-in.

Gregory CampbellNathan Horton and Mark Recchi lit the lamp for the Bruins. Thomas surrendered all four goals on 45 shots.

Tuukka Rask could get the start in net tonight for the Bruins. He is 3-1-0 in a 2.70 goals-against average in four career starts against the Islanders.

The Bruins are kicking off a four-game road trip tonight and they have an excellent 22-8-4 record as the visitor this season.

Boston has won both meetings with the Islanders this season and has outscored New York by a combined 11-5 margin in those encounters. The Bruins have taken three straight and 10 of the last 12 tilts in this series overall and have won two in a row and five of their last six on Long Island.

Although they are seeded 14th in the East and are likely headed for a fourth straight year out of the playoffs, the Islanders have continued to play hard. New York has won three of its last four contests and has earned a point in all five of its games in March, posting a 3-0-2 mark this month.

The Islanders picked up a thrilling win Thursday against Toronto, as Blake Comeau's goal off a deflection with 58 seconds remaining in overtime lifted New York to a 4-3 decision over the visiting Maple Leafs.

After some good puck possession in the Toronto zone with time winding down, the disc came out to Frans Nielsen, who fired a shot from the right point that Comeau deflected past James Reimer to give the Islanders the victory.

Comeau also had an assist in regulation, while Nielsen had a goal in addition to the helper on the game-winning tally. Michael Grabner and Zenon Konopka also scored for the Islanders.

"It's always fun to get on the scoring sheet and you can do some things offensively for the team," Nielsen said.

Al Montoya turned aside 24-of-27 shots to pick up the victory. Montoya is 6-2-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average for the Isles this year. He stopped 15-of-16 shots in a relief role against Boston on Feb. 17. That was Montoya's first career game against the Bruins.

New York is 3-0-1 on a five-game homestand that ends tonight and the Isles are 15-15-5 at the Coliseum this season.

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