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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston

(Thursday, January 24th)

Final Score: Boston 4, NY Islanders 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Marc Savard registered a goal and one assist, and Tim Thomas stopped 28 shots to lead Boston over the New York Islanders, 4-1, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Thomas, starting his first game since being selected an Eastern Conference All-Star, won his third game in his last four starts, and improved to 16-11-3 on the year.

Dennis Wideman, Milan Lucic and Phil Kessel also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who coast into the All-Star break having won three of their last four games.

"That was huge, especially coming after the embarrassment in Montreal the other night," Savard said. "We all felt embarrassed. We all wanted to come out and give it 100 percent. Every single guy chipped in tonight and we can hang our heads high going into the break."

Mike Sillinger scored for the Islanders, who hit the break with three losses in four contests. Rick DiPietro allowed all four goals on 30 shots in defeat.

Boston effectively wrapped up the game with a two-goal burst in 52 seconds in the first period.

While on the power play, Zdeno Chara wound up for a left-point blast which got past DiPietro, but New York defenseman Radek Martinek alertly cleared the puck away from the goal line. However, the disc found its way back to Wideman, who faked a shot, moved to the bottom of the left circle, and blasted one home at 9:28.

It was 2-0 at 10:20, as Lucic finished off a 3-on-1 by slipping a shot from the left wing low to the far side for his fifth goal of the year.

Savard boosted the Bruins' lead to 3-0 midway through the second, as he wound up from the goal line along the right boards and managed to squeeze the puck through DiPietro.

Kessel provided a four-goal edge at 17:20 with another man-advantage tally and Thomas made 11 saves in the middle frame to make the lead hold up.

Sillinger put the Isles on the board with his 14th goal of the season at the 6:45 mark of the third period, but Thomas and the Bruins remained strong down the stretch to lock up the win.

"Maybe guys were thinking about the break before the break even started," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "We weren't ready to go at the beginning of the game. They got a couple of quick goals on us and we didn't have enough to fight back."

Game Notes

The Islanders had won each of their last four road games prior to Thursday...After the embarrassing 8-2 loss in Montreal on Tuesday, Boston improved to 6-0 this season after losing to the Habs...The clubs have split the last eight meetings...Chara picked up a pair of assists...The Bruins resume their schedule January 29 by hosting Nashville, while the Islanders return to the ice on that date with a home game against Ottawa.

01/24 22:15:11 ET

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