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New York Islanders 1, Boston Bruins 2 FINAL OT

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BOSTON (AP) _ Glen Murray's 500th career point came at a perfect time for the Boston Bruins.

Murray reached that milestone when scored his second goal of the game 2:25 into overtime, giving Boston a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

The Bruins had lost two straight at home. Andrew Raycroft made 23 saves for Boston.

Murray leads the team with 17 goals, and this was his first game-winner of the season.

``They really haven't been going in a lot this year, but if you keep getting chances eventually you'll get one in,'' Murray said. ``It's always nice to get the game-winner in overtime.''

Murray came off the bench on a shift change and surprised Jason Blake, who didn't realize anybody was on him until it was too late.

Murray stole the puck from Blake at center ice and beat goaltender Rick DiPietro with a backhand flip on a breakaway.

``Our hockey club played well tonight, good enough to win. It's my fault. I turned the puck over in a crucial time of the game and it cost us,'' Blake said.

Murray had scored just three goals in his last 15 games. It was his second two-goal game of the season, the other coming in a 4-0 win at Columbus on Nov. 14.

New York tied it at 1 midway through the second period on Oleg Kvasha's second short-handed goal of the season, a wrist shot from the right circle. Kvasha's goal, his 11th, was the 10th short-handed goal allowed by Boston this season, the second-highest total in the NHL.

Murray gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 16:44 of the first period with a power-play goal. DiPietro stopped Jiri Slegr's slap shot from the circle, but Murray put in the rebound from in front of the net.

Boston outshot the Islanders 38-24 and held New York scoreless on five power-play opportunities. The Bruins are unbeaten in their last five games against New York, though four of those were ties.

``I was really pleased with the 60-minute effort. I thought we played hard, I thought we battled. I thought we controlled the momentum for most of the night,'' said Bruins coach Mike Sullivan. ``This is an important two points for us.''

DiPietro made 36 saves for the Islanders.

``Two (points) are better than one,'' said New York coach Steve Stirling. ``(But) at this time of year, with the race as tight as it is, we'll take them any way we can.''

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