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Friday, November 23rd (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (11-7-0) at Boston Bruins (10-7-2), 12 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will aim for their fourth victory in five games this afternoon, when they host the New York Islanders in a Black Friday matinee at TD Banknorth Garden.

Today's matchup marks the opener of a home-and-home series between the clubs. The Bruins will visit the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

The Bruins last played Tuesday in Toronto and posted a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Chuck Kobasew scored two goals in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves in his NHL debut, as Boston rallied to top Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

Marco Sturm collected a pair of assists for Boston. P.J. Axelsson and Phil Kessel also scored in the win, while Kobasew recorded an assist as well.

Rask, originally a first round pick (21st overall) in the 2005 draft by Toronto, was acquired from the Maple Leafs on June 24, 2006 for goaltender Andrew Raycroft, the backup behind Vesa Toskala. At the time of his recall, Rask was 7-2-0 with a 2.10 goals against average in nine games for the Providence Bruins, Boston's top affiliate in the AHL.

The Islanders had a two-game win streak halted on Wednesday as they were defeated by the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Steve Begin had two goals, as Montreal downed New York, 4-1, on Long Island.

Mike Comrie tallied the lone goal for the Islanders, who had their streak of games decided by one goal broken. New York became the first team in NHL history to play seven straight games that were decided by one goal in regulation time. They were 5-2-0 in those contests.

Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 33 shots in the loss.

The Islanders have won seven of their last eight matchups with the Bruins and three of the previous four encounters in Boston.

The Bruins are 6-2-1 as the home team this season, while New York is 4-4-0 as the visiting team.

11/23 10:25:50 ET

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