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Tavares and Vanek team up to help Islanders top Bruins 3-1

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tavares and Vanek team up to help Islanders top Bruins 3-1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals, and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for his first win of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night.

Tavares knocked a loose puck past Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson at 6:15 of the second for his sixth goal of the season. The assist went to his new left wing Vanek, who was acquired from Buffalo last week.

After MacDonald scored his first of the season at 13:13 to make it 2-0, and Boston's Dougie Hamilton answered two minutes later, Vanek scored his first with the Islanders — one-timing a perfect cross-ice pass from Kyle Okposo past Johnson from the left circle at 16:08.

Okposo and defenceman Travis Hamonic assisted on MacDonald and Vanek's goals.

Vanek's goal was the 255th of his NHL career and his 500th point. The 29-year-old winger also assisted on Tavares' goal.

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