NHL Game Summary - Boston at NY Islanders
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Boston 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Richard Park's third-period tally was the difference, as the New York Islanders edged Boston, 2-1, in the back end of a home-and-home series at Nassau Coliseum.
Andy Hilbert also scored for the Islanders, who stopped a two-game slide which included a 2-1 defeat in Boston on Friday.
Rick DiPietro needed just 20 stops to earn his 11th win of the season, and was credited with an assist on Hilbert's goal.
P.J. Axelsson lit the lamp for the Bruins, who lost for the second time in their last six.
Tim Thomas allowed two goals on 29 shots in the loss.
After struggling to tie the game in the middle 20 minutes, New York kept plugging away and took a 2-1 lead with 7:30 played in the third, as Park knocked home a third-chance rebound past a diving Thomas.
"It got tipped on the way to me, the first shot did, and that's why I couldn't control the rebound," said Thomas of the series which led to the goal. "It went to another guy and he put it on my right leg, and physics says the rebound is going to go over to the other side. I almost got over to Park then he kind of fanned on it which was fortunate for him."
Despite 11 shots on net, the Bruins could not solve DiPietro for the remainder of the contest, and had no good chances with the extra attacker in the final 1:03.
Axelsson put the Bruins up 1-0 at 3:51 of the first, finishing off a give-and- go with Marc Savard by firing a one-timer past DiPietro from the left circle.
The Islanders circled the net furiously for the remainder of the period, taking a 12-2 advantage in shots, but failed to score.
The pressure on Thomas continued into the second, and Hilbert finally broke through for the Isles, pumping home a wrister from the left wing side with 2:35 left before the second intermission for a 1-1 tie.
"I thought we forechecked well, we had some energy and in the last four or five minutes of the game the crowd started getting really involved with the game," said Isles head coach Ted Nolan. "Sometimes that really motivates our team, our fans have been great and we appreciate that."
Neither team cashed in on six combined power-play chances...The Bruins continue their six-game road trip in Philadelphia on Monday, while the Islanders host Dallas, also on Monday.
11/24 22:58:13 ET