NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Boston
(Saturday, January 28th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway through the third period, as the New York Islanders edged the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at the TD Banknorth Garden.
"It was a hard-fought game and eventually you knew with how many chances were going both ways, eventually something was going to break through," said Parrish. "We were just hoping it was going to go our way and not theirs."
Mike York and Trent Hunter each scored a goal and added two assists for the Islanders, who have won their last two games. Rick DiPietro was busy in goal, turning aside 41 shots in the victory.
"Hopefully, a win like this will spark us and we'll continue to get consistent efforts," said DiPietro. "I would like to believe this team would want to be as close as possible to that eighth (playoff) spot by the time we break for the Olympics and give us a chance to take a deep breath and re-evaluate how things were."
Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Tim Thomas allowed four goals on 51 shots, while defenseman Brad Stuart picked up two assists for Boston.
"It just had a different feel. I don't know if that was a product of the fact we were playing a different style of team or what," Thomas said of the game. "They don't really have a style and that can be difficult to play against at times. I don't if it was that but the whole game had a different feel."
Zhitnik's blast from the right point sailed over Thomas' left shoulder to tie things up at 8:49. Just 20 seconds later, Parrish followed up Shawn Bates' shot from the slot and backhanded the rebound past a sliding Thomas for the 4-3 lead.
The Bruins had a two-man advantage for 1:05 later in the third period after Miroslav Satan went off the ice for hooking and Joel Bouchard was penalized for a high stick. However, DiPietro was equal to the task, stopping 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the final frame.
After a scoreless opening period, the Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead 59 seconds into the second stanza. After a shot from the point by Radek Martinek, a scramble for a loose puck in front resulted with York getting a piece of the disc and hitting it home for the goal.
At 6:24 of the second, Boston tied it with Bergeron netting his 15th goal of the season. Marco Sturm sent a pass from behind the net out to Bergeron down low and he roofed the puck over a sprawled out DiPietro.
The Islanders took a 2-1 lead after Hunter backhanded a shot through Thomas' five-hole just 44 seconds into the period.
At 4:20 of the third period, P.J. Axelsson tipped Sergei Samsonov's shot from the point past DiPietro on his glove side to tie the game again.
Just 2:15 later, Brad Boyes pushed the Bruins ahead 3-2 with his 13th goal of the season. Bergeron passed the puck up to Boyes, who darted into the New York zone and from the top of the right circle fired a slap shot that beat DiPietro on the far side.
New York is now 3-0 against the Bruins this season with the previous wins coming on Long Island...The Isles won for the first time in Boston in their last five trips...Boyes extended his point streak to six games...The Islanders improved to 11-13-2 on the road this season...The Bruins dropped to 10-10-4 at home.
01/28 23:13:26 ET