Different uniform, same result: Vanek lifts Islanders over Bruins, 3-1
New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek scores a goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of Saturday's game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek reached the 500-point plateau of his career after scoring his first goal with his new team and adding an assist as the New York Islanders won two in a row for the first time this season with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Isles' Captain John Tavares tallied for the second straight night and defenseman Andrew MacDonald netted his first goal of the campaign.
Kyle Okposo and blue-liner Travis Hamonic each notched two assists and Kevin Poulin finished with 26 saves for the Islanders, who snapped a four-game winless skid at home (0-3-1).
After skating to a 5-4 shootout victory over Ottawa on Friday, New York opened the scoring 6:15 into the second period as Vanek slapped the puck off the stick of David Krejci in the slot.
Chad Johnson (31 saves) made the initial stop, but Tavares batted the rebound out of the air and into the net for his sixth goal.
Tavares also played a role in the Islanders' next goal nearly seven minutes later after winning a faceoff. MacDonald one-timed a shot from just inside the blue line that floated over the glove of Johnson to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored a power-play goal to trim the deficit with 4:33 remaining in the second, but Vanek answered just 41 ticks later. Okposo skated up the right wing before deftly sliding a cross-slot feed to the Austrian, who one-timed a shot from the left circle past Johnson for his fifth goal of the season.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Vanek has torched the Bruins in his career, collecting 30 goals and 29 assists in 51 games. ... The Islanders failed on all three power-play opportunities and are 0-for-13 in their last four contests. ... The Bruins have dropped three of their last four contests.
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