UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Tim Thomas made 40 saves, and Marc Savard and Martin St. Pierre had a goal each to help the Boston Bruins win their fourth straight game, 2-1 over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Thomas was on the verge of his fourth shutout of the season, but Bill Guerin swept in a rebound with 53.2 seconds left. With the victory, the Bruins moved a point ahead of San Jose for the overall NHL lead. The Sharks faced Calgary at home later Thursday night.
Yann Danis stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, losers of six straight. The Islanders haven't won in January, and have just two wins since the end of November.
The first period was scoreless, with New York outshooting the Bruins 17-7. Boston had the first shot on Danis, and then the Islanders took the next 12 against Thomas.
New York forward Kyle Okposo left the ice with assistance with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the period with an injury. He returned during the second period.
The Bruins took the lead at 3:30 of the second period on their ninth shot. Savard, standing behind the net, came out to Danis' left and fired a quick wrist shot.
Boston increased the lead in the final period when St. Pierre rapped in a rebound at 6:51 just after a power play expired.
Notes: The Islanders signed former backup goalie Wade Dubielewicz from Russia, but he must secure his release before he can join the team. In the interim, the team called up Peter Mannino from Bridgeport to back up Danis.