Uniondale, NY - Sergei Samsonov tied the game for the Bruins in the third period, but the Islanders scored two goals in a 1:06 stretch to beat Boston 5-2 at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. Joe Thornton extended his point streak to eight games with an assist on Samsonov's goal and Shawn McEachern added two assists in the loss. The Bruins record now stands at 7-7-5.
Coach Mike Sullivan knows that his team must get better in order to be successful.
"Obviously we're going through a tough time right now," said the frustrated coach. "We're not a good enough team and we have to become better. We've played a lot of hockey and we haven't had an opportunity to get some practice time. Hopefully these next few days we'll make this practice time productive."
Mike York put the Islanders up 1-0 with a power play goal at 12:29. York took the puck to the front of the net and flipped it off Andrew Raycroft's arm and into the net for his 100th career NHL goal.
Boston battled back, tying the game at 1-1 with a Dave Scatchard goal at 17:27. Shawn McEachern dumped the puck in the Islanders zone where P.J. Axelsson raced to the puck and threw it in front to Scatchard, who deked Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro for his fourth of the season.
In the second period, the Islanders took the lead late in the period on a goal by Shawn Bates with just under two minutes left in the period. Hunter skated through the slot and shot the puck into traffic in front of the net where Bates tipped the puck to the back of the net. The goal gave New York a 2-1 lead.
Boston pressured the Islanders in the second, but DiPietro was strong in net, turning aside all 12 bids.
Sergei Samsonov scored at 2:54 of the third period, tying the game at 2-2. Shawn McEachern sent the puck down low in the corner to Joe Thornton. Thornton collected the puck and slid it through the crease to a streaking Samsonov who scored his ninth goal of the season.
At 13:44, Trent Hunter scored his first of the season and the eventual game-winner, giving the Islanders a 3-2 lead.
Just 1:06 later, Arron Asham gave the Islanders an insurance goal that made it 4-2, chipping the puck over Raycroft's arm.
In the final minute, Shawn Bates added his second of the night, an empty-net goal that sealed the Islanders 5-2 win.