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Vanek leads Islanders past Bruins

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 10:59 PM

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Vanek leads Islanders past Bruins
Boston Bruins 1, New York Islanders 3
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
1st
Thomas Vanek
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:49
Kevin Poulin
2nd
Kevin Poulin
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-21
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .963SH: 0-0
Kyle Okposo
3rd
Kyle Okposo
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:50

There was little doubt Thomas Vanek was going to produce for the New York Islanders. It was just a matter of when.

Vanek had a goal and an assist and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald also scored for the Islanders (6-5-3), who picked up four points this weekend after earning a 5-4 shootout victory on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Vanek had an assist in Friday's victory. He now has three points (one goal, two assists) in as many games since being traded to New York by the Buffalo Sabres this past Sunday.

Dougie Hamilton scored the lone goal for Boston (8-5-0). Chad Johnson made 31 saves in his second start of the season.

Tavares broke a scoreless tie at 6:15 of the second period. With the teams at even strength, Vanek took the puck off David Krejci's stick in the slot and quickly put a shot on goal that was denied by Johnson. But Tavares was on the doorstep and showed some nifty hand-eye coordination and swatted the puck out of midair and over the goal line for his sixth goal of the season.

MacDonald doubled New York's lead with his first goal of the season at 13:13. MacDonald, who had three goals in 48 games last season, took a pass from Travis Hamonic and one-timed a slap shot from the left point that found its way through a crowd and past Johnson to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins responded quickly via the power play on a goal by Hamilton at 15:27. With three seconds remaining on a holding-the-stick penalty to Islanders forward Brock Nelson, Hamilton sent a cross-ice feed from the right circle toward Carl Soderberg, but New York center Frans Nielsen accidentally poked it through Poulin's pads to make it 2-1. Hamilton was credited with his third goal of the season.

Vanek restored New York's two-goal lead 41 seconds later with his first goal as an Islander. He finished off a 2-on-1 with Kyle Okposo by one-timing a feed from the left circle past Johnson to make it 3-1. It was Vanek's fifth goal of the season and 30th in 51 games against the Bruins.

Johnson denied Vanek's bid for his second of the night midway through the third period. Vanek made a nifty move around Hamilton and snapped a wrister that Johnson snared with his glove to keep it a 3-1 game.

The Islanders begin a four-game road trip Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. Boston plays the first of a five-game homestand Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:15
NYI
John Tavares (6) ASST: Thomas Vanek (7), Kyle Okposo (11)
1 - 0 NYI
13:13
NYI
Andrew MacDonald (1) ASST: Travis Hamonic (4), Kyle Okposo (12)
2 - 0 NYI
15:27
BOS
PPG - Dougie Hamilton (3) ASST: Reilly Smith (6), Ryan Spooner (2)
2 - 1 NYI
16:08
NYI
Thomas Vanek (5) ASST: Kyle Okposo (13), Travis Hamonic (5)
3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:30
NYI
Brock Nelson  Holding the stick against  Daniel Paille
19:04
BOS
Dougie Hamilton  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
3rd Period
02:27
BOS
Torey Krug  Hooking against  Brock Nelson
02:48
NYI
John Tavares  Hooking against  Brad Marchand
02:48
NYI
John Tavares  Unsportsmanlike conduct
07:59
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
07:59
NYI
Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Adam McQuaid
14:24
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
goalie stats
Chad Johnson
SA: 34TOI: 58:27
Saves: 31EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
1-2-0
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0