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Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (24-20-5-2) at Boston Bruins (22-14-11-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to push their unbeaten streak to four games tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter for the back end of a home-and-home.

On Tuesday, P.J. Axelsson scored with 1:57 left in the third period, lifting the Bruins to a 2-2 tie with the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Felix Potvin stopped 26 shots for Boston, which is now winless in three straight (0-2-1). Glen Murray added the other goal for the Bruins, who welcomed captain Joe Thornton back to the lineup.

Thornton had missed the previous three games because of a small fracture in his right cheekbone, which he suffered during a fight with the Rangers' Eric Lindros last week. Thornton, who wore a cage to protect the injury, had an assist on Murray's goal.

The Bruins, who have lost two straight at home, will visit Montreal on Saturday.

Trent Hunter scored twice for the Islanders while goaltender Rick DiPietro stopped 35 shots. Hunter leads all rookies with 18 goals this season, and is second with 34 points.

New York moved to 4-1-2 in its last seven games overall.

The Islanders and Bruins are currently among the teams battling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Boston sits sixth in the race with 59 points, while New York is eighth with 54 points.

The Isles, 5-3-2 in their last 10 on the road, will host Florida on Saturday.

New York and Boston have skated to a pair of ties this season, but the B's are 6-3-4 in the last 13 meetings. The Islanders are 0-2-1 in their last three trips to Beantown.

01/29 10:37:56 ET

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