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Bruins 2, Islanders 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 2, Islanders 1
Boston Bruins 2, New York Islanders 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders have become a formidable opponent. That still doesn't translate into wins.

Tim Thomas made 40 saves, and Marc Savard and Martin St. Pierre scored goals to help the Boston Bruins win their fourth straight game, 2-1 over the Islanders on Thursday night. It also gave the Bruins seven straight road victories.

"Timmy was our best player," Boston coach Claude Juilen said. "He held the fort."

Thomas was on the verge of his fourth shutout of the season, but Bill Guerin swept in a rebound with 53.2 seconds left. The puck deflected off Boston center David Krejci's skate.

"I saw it hit his skate," Thomas said. "I lost sight of the puck, and the next thing I see, their hands are in the air."

With the victory, the Bruins moved a point ahead of San Jose for the overall NHL lead. The Sharks had a chance to retake the top spot later Thursday night, but dropped a 3-2 home decision to Calgary.

"There are about six reasons why this team is different from previous Bruin teams," Thomas said. "One of the biggest things is that we're all on the same pages as the coaches are."

Yann Danis stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, losers of six straight. They haven't won in January, and have just two wins since the end of November.

"I felt a lot better as the game went on," Danis said. "I would like to have the first one back, but I'm not going to dwell on that."

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 after getting hit in the head with the puck. He returned during the second period wearing a plastic shield on his helmet.

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.

"I had some room to come out from behind the net," Savard said, "and I was just trying to get the puck on net."

Boston increased the lead in the final period when St. Pierre rapped in a rebound at 6:51 just after a power play expired.

Islanders coach Scott Gordon was pleased with his team's effort.

"We just played two teams in first place," Gordon said about the game and Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers. "We've started to put together more consistent 60-minute efforts. Obviously, it's only two games, but it's a very encouraging sign."

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Marc Savard (15) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (14), Mark Stuart (4)
1 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
Martin St Pierre (2) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (2), Shawn Thornton (4)
2 - 0 BOS
Bill Guerin (14) ASST: Chris Campoli (9), Mike Comrie (8)
2 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Mike Comrie
Jon Sim  Roughing against  Tim Thomas
Vladimir Sobotka  Tripping against  Josh Bailey
2nd Period
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
Petteri Nokelainen  Hooking against  Kyle Okposo
3rd Period
Mark Streit  Tripping against  Marc Savard
Chris Campoli  Cross checking against  Vladimir Sobotka
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 35 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .976SH: 1 - 1
Yann Danis
Yann Danis
SA: 27TOI: 59:06
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .926SH: 2 - 2