NY Islanders (29-29-4) at Boston (25-28-10) 7:00 pm EST
BOSTON (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders likely will not make
the playoffs this season, but they do get an opportunity to
bring out the brooms Saturday when they try to sweep the Boston
Bruins for the first time in franchise history.
New York never has won all of its games against Boston in its
34-year history, but has a chance following three previous wins
this season by the combined score of 13-8.
The Islanders enter having posted three of their last four wins
and five of their last nine via shootout. The trend continued
Friday with a 2-1 triumph over Toronto as Rick DiPietro made 22
saves in regulation and overtime before turning aside all three
DiPietro has won four straight games, posting a 1.41
goals-against average in that stretch. His lastest win came
with the support of a goal by rookie Robert Nilsson in
regulation and Miroslav Satan in the shootout.
Boston has dropped six of seven following Thursday's 3-0 loss to
Montreal despite 38 saves from Tim Thomas.
Adding to the Bruins' problems, defenseman Nick Boynton will
miss Saturday's game due to a one-game suspension for making an
inappropriate threatening gesture to Mike Ribeiro of Montreal.