NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston
(Thursday, January 29th)
Final Score: Boston 2, NY Islanders 1 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Glen Murray scored his second goal of the contest 2:25 into overtime, as the Boston Bruins edged the New York Islanders, 2-1, in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Fleet Center. The game- winning goal helped Murray record his 500th career point.
"A win is a win. But it's always nice to get a game-winner in overtime or at the end of a game," Murray said.
The overtime marker allowed the two teams to avoid tying for the third time in three encounters this season. Twice this month, January 3 and 27, the two teams played without a winner emerging.
Andrew Raycroft made 23 saves for the Bruins, who snapped a two-game losing streak at home and a three-game winless skid overall (0-2-1).
Rick DiPietro helped the Islanders earn a point with his 36 saves in the losing effort. Oleg Kvasha scored the only goal of the contest for New York, which lost for the first time in four games (2-1-1).
"As the game wore on, we just got better," Islanders head coach Steve Stirling explained of his team's effort. "Then in the overtime, I was feeling pretty good about us and then we made a blunder, game over. But we got a point on the road and we'll take it and move on. When you're the last man, you have to take care of the puck."
The mistake that Stirling was referring to was when Murray poke checked the puck away from Jason Blake deep in the Islanders zone, allowing him to skate in unimpeded on a breakaway. Murray made a nice move to get DiPietro moving and slid the puck between the netminder's five-hole for the game-winner.
"I think he [Blake] was just turning back and forth. I came from the bench and I was lucky to poke it from him. I think I surprised him a little bit. I got a good rush to the net and put it in," Murray explained of the decisive play.
The Bruins scored their other goal on the power play late in the first period when Murray slammed home a long rebound. Jiri Slegr continued his strong play for the Bruins, releasing a low hard shot from the point towards Snow. The goaltender made the initial save but was unable to corral the rebound. Murray pounced on the loose puck and deposited it into the vacated net for a 1-0 Boston lead with 3:16 remaining in the first.
Slegr now has accrued six points (2g, 4a) in his six games since being acquired in a trade with Vancouver.
Kvasha tied the game for New York midway through the second period when he deflected a point shot from Blake past a screened DiPietro.
The main reason the game went into overtime was the stellar play of DiPietro. The young netminder made 13 saves in the second period and 11 more in the third to keep the contest deadlocked. DiPietro stoned three different Bruins attempts in the final seconds of regulation to help the Islanders guarantee themselves at least a point.
Blake has a point in 13 of his last 19 games...In his second game back from a facial injury, Boston center Joe Thornton was held scoreless in over 20 minutes of icetime...This was Murray's first two-goal game since November 14 at Columbus...The Islanders finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while Boston scored once on five opportunities with the man advantage.
01/30 00:37:44 ET