Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Boston leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 3rd
Game 2: Tuesday, January 27th
Game 3: Thursday, January 29th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 24th

Islanders 3

(19-16-1, 42 pts)

Bruins 3

(15-11-4, 44 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

1 2 3 OT T
NYI 1 0 2 03
BOS 1 1 1 03

S. Samsonov (Bruins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Aucoin (Islanders - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Knuble (Bruins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

NY Islanders (19-16-2-1) at Boston (15-11-9-4) 7:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders wrap up a three-game road trip Saturday night when they face the Boston Bruins, who have struggled at home this season.

New York had won three straight road games before Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The loss also snapped a season-high six-game winning streak.

Peter Schaefer beat Garth Snow's with 5:55 left in the third period to prevent the Islanders from stretching their winning streak. Already missing Alexei Yashin, the Islanders played without fellow center Michael Peca, who suffered a groin injury in a 6-1 triumph at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Left wing Mark Parrish suffered a high ankle sprain ankle early in the first period at Ottawa and will be sidelined eight weeks.

Boston is trying to post consecutive wins at the FleetCenter for the first time since a four-game run from November 8-20. The Bruins had scored just nine goals before ending a nine-game (0-5-4) home winless streak with Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Former Islander Felix Potvin made 22 saves for his first home win and the Bruins got second-period goals from rookie Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Nick Boynton. Left wing Sergei Samsonov returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a knee injury and logged over 15 1/2 minutes of ice time.

Boston is 6-4-2 in the last 12 meetings with the Islanders.