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Thursday, January 24th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (24-19-6) at Boston Bruins (24-19-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try to rebound from a lopsided loss tonight, when they welcome the New York Islanders to TD Banknorth Garden in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

The Bruins had a two-game winning streak halted in a big way on Tuesday night, as they skated into Montreal and were slammed 8-2 by the rival Canadiens. Cristobal Huet made 29 saves and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice to lead the Habs.

Boston is 0-6-0 against the Canadiens this year and has dropped nine straight and 16 of the last 19 meetings in the series.

Marco Sturm and Petteri Nokelainen both scored for Boston. Marc Savard added a pair of assists and has one goal and nine assists during a six-game point streak.

Savard has 43 assists this year and is tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the league lead in that category.

Alex Auld started in net and allowed four goals on just seven shots in the first, while Tim Thomas yielded four goals on 17 shots the rest of the way.

Tonight's test marks the first of two straight at home for the Bruins, who are 12-8-3 as the host club this season. Boston will also welcome Nashville next Tuesday.

The Islanders, meanwhile, snapped a two-game slide on Tuesday, as they posted a road win at Carolina. Mike Sillinger scored two shorthanded goals to help New York win 6-3 and split the home-and-home set against the Hurricanes.

On Monday, the teams squared off in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Nassau Coliseum, where Carolina overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to post a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory.

However on Tuesday the Islanders tied a franchise record with three shorthanded goals, marking the third time the feat has been accomplished. On the other end, Carolina yielded three shorthanded goals for the first time since April 4, 1995 in a 6-3 loss at Buffalo.

Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders. Richard Park, Sean Bergenheim and Brendan Witt also scored, while Trent Hunter and Radek Martinek each collected two assists.

Wade Dubielewicz, making his first start since a 4-1 win over the same Hurricanes on December 31, finished with 44 saves.

The Islanders are 11-10-3 as the visiting team this year and are playing the second of consecutive games on the road.

Boston is 2-1 against the Islanders this season and New York has lost two straight and three of four in Beantown.

01/24 10:47:45 ET


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