Bruins falter in second period of 3-1 loss to Islanders
New York Islanders' Thomas Vanek (26) celebrates Andrew MacDonald's goal against Boston Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) as Matt Bartkowski (43) reacts in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. Vanek also scored in the second period. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Islanders' Michael Grabner (40) chases after Boston Bruins' Ryan Spooner (51) down ice in the third period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37), Matt Bartkowski (43), Reilly Smith (18) surround New York Islanders' Pierre-Marc Bouchard (96) as Bouchard tries to retrieve the puck under Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Islanders' Thomas Vanek (26) watches Boston Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) block a shot on goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. Vanek later scored in the second period. The Islanders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo (21) and Matt Donovan (46) block a shot on goal by Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals, and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for his first win of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins, 3-1, last night.
Tavares knocked a loose puck past Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson at 6:15 of the second for his sixth goal of the season. The assist went to his new left wing Vanek, who was acquired from Buffalo last week.
After MacDonald scored his first of the season at 13:13 to make it 2-0, and Boston’s Dougie Hamilton answered two minutes later, Vanek scored his first with the Islanders – one-timing a perfect cross-ice pass from Kyle Okposo past Johnson from the left circle at 16:08.
Okposo and defenseman Travis Hamonic assisted on MacDonald and Vanek’s goals.
Vanek’s goal was the 255th of his NHL career and his 500th point. The 29-year-old winger also assisted on Tavares’s goal.
The Islanders (6-5-3) won for the second straight night. On Friday, they bombarded the Ottawa Senators with 57 shots and won 5-4 in a shootout, twice rallying from two-goal deficits.
Tavares, the Islanders captain who has played 221 consecutive games, seemed more at ease with his new line combination of Vanek on the left and Okposo on the right. Matt Moulson had been Tavares’s left wing since the captain’s rookie season in 2009-10.
Boston (8-5) lost for the third time in four games.
Poulin’s best save came 6:58 in when he denied Boston’s David Krejci from top of the crease after two perfect passes from Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron.
He also stopped Milan Lucic’s backhand from in front with 1:29 left in the third as the Bruins had Johnson pulled for an extra attacker. He made another glove save on Hamilton with 23 seconds remaining, sparking chants of “Pou-lin, Pou-lin” from the crowd.
The 23-year-old Poulin’s two starts in place of No. 1 starter Evgeni Nabokov were losses – 3-2 at Chicago and 5-2 at home to Philadelphia.
Johnson was playing his second game of the season to give Tuukka Rask a rest. Johnson won his only other start, 5-2 at Buffalo on Oct. 23.
The Bruins, coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim on Thursday, will start a five-game homestand against Dallas on Tuesday. They had won their previous three visits and eight of 10 at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders will embark on a four-game trip starting Tuesday at Washington before they head to Carolina, Columbus and Montreal.
∎ The Bruins were again without forward Loui Eriksson, who sustained a concussion when he was hit by Buffalo’s John Scott on Oct. 23.
∎ Islanders D Lubomir Visnovsky missed his sixth straight game with a concussion.
∎ The Islanders also scratched defenseman Brian Strait (upper body) and forward Colin McDonald (hip).
Rangers 5, Hurricanes 1
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as New York had its best offensive output of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and grabbed first star honors for New York (6-7), which is on a season-high three-game winning streak.
Hagelin scored the Rangers’ first two goals of the game, and Stepan netted the final three.
Andrej Sekera scored a power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the second period to provide the only offense for the Hurricanes. Justin Peters made 33 saves in the loss and fell to 0-5.
BLACKHAWKS 5, JETS 1
Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy scored within a 4:55 span in the second period, and Chicago extended its winning streak to three games in a rout of Winnipeg.
Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots to earn his eighth win of the season. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Ben Smith also scored, and Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists for the Blackhawks, who are 4-1-1 on the road.
DUCKS 6, SABRES 3
Emerson Etem and Corey Perry both scored two goals to lift Anaheim over reeling Buffalo.
Ryan Getzlaf scored and added a pair of assists for the Ducks (11-3-1), who recorded five straight goals after Buffalo struck first. Sami Vatanen also scored for Anaheim.
Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Henrik Tallinder scored for Buffalo, but the Sabres (2-13-1) continued their worst start in franchise history. The Sabres have lost their first nine home games, their longest stretch to open a season.
LIGHTNING 4, BLUES 2
Brett Connolly and Valtteri Filppula scored in the third period, lifting Tampa Bay over St. Louis.
Connolly, playing in his second game since being recalled from Syracuse of the AHL, put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2 when he redirected Radko Gudas’s shot at 8:37 of the third. Filppula made it 4-2 with 3:59 remaining.
Alex Killorn had a goal and two assists, and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning, who have won all five games this season against Western Conference teams.
FLYERS 1, DEVILS 0
After being embarrassed by Washington at home 24 hours earlier, Philadelphia gutted out a win at New Jersey.
Brayden Schenn deflected Andrej Meszaros’s shot past Martin Brodeur in the first period, and Ray Emery made 14 saves, as last-place Philadelphia (4-9) earned a needed victory.
The fight-filled 7-0 loss to Washington on Friday might have sparked the Flyers.
PENGUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 0
Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen scored, and backup Jeff Zatkoff made 19 saves in his first NHL win to lead Pittsburgh past Columbus.
The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets for the second straight day to stretch their winning streak to four. Zatkoff was 0-2 with a 5.06 goals-against average coming in.
CAPITALS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO
Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and added the winning goal in the shootout to lift Washington.
The Capitals won their second game in a row without Alex Ovechkin, who is out with an unspecified upper-body injury.
CANUCKS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0
Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season, leading Vancouver to a victory over Toronto.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who rebounded from a disappointing loss to Detroit on Wednesday with one of their best efforts of the season.