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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston

(Saturday, January 3rd)

Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Boston 3

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Trent Hunter and Adrian Aucoin scored four minutes apart in the third period, as the New York Islanders rallied to post a 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter.

Garth Snow made 27 saves for the Islanders, who picked up at least a point for the seventh time in eight games (6-1-1). Mariusz Czerkawski also scored as New York played in just its league-low fifth overtime game (1-1-3).

Sergei Samsonov, Sandy McCarthy and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which is now tied with Phoenix for the most overtime games this season with 16. The Bruins are 2-4-10 in those contests.

Mike Knuble added a pair of assists for the Bruins, who have won just once in their last 11 home games (1-5-5).

Felix Potvin also made 27 saves, but couldn't keep the Islanders from rallying back in the final period.

Hunter drew the Islanders within a goal with 12:10 left to play, easily slamming home a rebound in front of the Boston net. Aucoin then tied the game exactly four minutes later when Potvin allowed a fluttering slap shot from the point to carom off his glove and into the net, evening the score at 3-3.

Just 32 seconds into the game Boston got on the scoreboard. Joe Thornton set up the play by winning the puck in the corner and flipping it back to the point to Sean O'Donnell, who directed a pass toward the net. The puck deflected off several skates in front, but Snow was still able to deny the shot. Samsonov then grabbed the rebound and fired a shot over the glove of Snow for a 1-0 Boston lead.

Czerkawski helped the Islanders tie the game when he slammed home his own rebound at 12:43 of the opening period. Mattias Weinhandl pilfered a clearing pass at the blue line before sending a pass over to Czerkawski in the slot. The first shot was stopped by Potvin but the second attempt beat the netminder five-hole to even the score at 1-1.

A power-play goal late in the second period by Bergeron put the Bruins ahead. Bergeron took a pass in the high slot, skated in unmolested and lifted the puck over the sprawled-out goaltender with 2:17 to play in the middle period.

McCarthy gave the Bruins a two-goal edge early in the third period when his slap shot from just inside the blue line found the back of the net. He skated in on a 2-on-1 with Knuble and fired a rising shot into the upper right- hand corner of the net just 2:40 into the final period, making it a 3-1 game.

Game Notes

Six of Bergeron's 10 goals this season have come with the man advantage...Hunter leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals. He has seven goals and six assists in his last 15 games...New York's Dave Scatchard recorded an assist and now has a point in 15 of the 19 games he has played in this year...Knuble had not recorded a point since December 13 prior to this game...Boston has not won consecutive games at home since mid-November.

01/03 21:53:16 ET

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