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Vanek scores, Islanders beat Bruins

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas Vanek scored his first goal as an Islander and added an assist in New York's 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in a battle of backup goaltenders at Nassau Coliseum.

Kevin Poulin, who had given up seven goals in his first two starts this season, only allowed one on 27 shots Saturday to earn the win.

John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Dougie Hamilton scored Boston's lone goal, while Chad Johnson, in his second start between the pipes this season, made 31 saves in defeat.

11/02 21:46:13 ET

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