BOSTON (AP) -- The New York Islanders could hardly be blamed for
thinking the worse was about to happen. Only this time, things
turned out differently.
Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway
through the third period and the Islanders killed off a late
two-man power play en route to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins
on Saturday night.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead with just under 6 minutes to play, the
Islanders suddenly found themselves about to be two men down after
Joel Bouchard was whistled for high-sticking. Miroslav Satan was
already off for hooking.
"I heard a couple of `Oh, nos' on the bench the way the season
has gone," New York coach Brad Shaw said. "So that was a big
momentum builder for us."
The Bruins had a few good chances on the two-man power play for
1:05, but never got a great opportunity against goalie Rick
"It just seems like that kind of stuff has happened to us in
the third period when we have a lead," DiPietro said. "Hopefully,
we can use this game as a turning point in the season."
The loss snapped Boston's season-best stretch at 5-0-2 and
halted its three-game winning streak. The Islanders, who outshot
Boston 51-44, have won all three games against the Bruins this
Trailing 3-2, New York scored on two completely different ways
off faceoffs to jump back in front 4-3. On the first one, the
Islanders won the draw back to Zhitnik, who beat goalie Tim Thomas
with a slap shot from the right point.
On the winner, Shawn Bates pushed the puck forward after losing
the draw. He then slipped a short pass to Parrish, who beat Thomas
from in front.
"There's a fine line between winning and losing," Boston coach
Mike Sullivan said. "For us, the faceoff certainly hurt us
tonight. We had opportunities to win the game on the power play."
Boston finished 1-for-7 on the power play.
"We have to put this one behind us pretty quickly and get back
on roll," Boston defenseman Nick Boynton said.
The Bruins won their previous three games by 3-2 scores, and
have played in five straight one-goal games.
Trent Hunter scored on a backhander between Thomas' pads 44
seconds into the third period, giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead.
Boston tied it at 2 when P.J. Axelsson, positioned in front,
redirected Brad Stuart's shot with the shaft of his stick for a
power-play goal at 4:20.
Brad Boyes gave the Bruins a 3-2 when he beat DiPietro with a
slap shot from the right circle 2:15 later.
The Islanders had moved in front 1-0 just 59 seconds into the
second period when Mike York scored out of a scramble in front,
poking a loose puck behind Thomas.
Boston tied it at 1 when Patrice Bergeron scored off a nice feed
from Marco Sturm. Bergeron collected a pass in the slot, shifted
around DiPietro and tucked the puck into the net at 6:24.
New York had the best chance in a wide-open, scoreless first
period that had very few whistles and only three minor penalties.
Left wing Jason Blake, at the edge of the crease, collected a
rebound and missed an open net as the horn sounded to end the
^Notes:@ Boston D Brian Leetch returned to action after missing the
last seven games because of a groin injury. ... New York had 30
shots on goal after two periods, with defenseman Chris Campoli
shooting five times. ... Injured Boston goaltender Andrew Raycroft
played on a conditioning assignment for Providence, the team's AHL
affiliate, against Springfield on Saturday.
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Arena: TD Garden Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Stephane Auger, Chris Lee Linesmen: David Brisebois, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: 17,565 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Mike York (10)
Assists: Trent Hunter, Chris Campoli
Patrice Bergeron (15)
Assist: Marco Sturm
Trent Hunter (10)
Assists: Chris Campoli, Mike York
P.J. Axelsson (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Brad Stuart, Sergei Samsonov
Brad Boyes (13)
Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Stuart
Alexei Zhitnik (4)
Assists: Mike York, Trent Hunter