Jason Blake and Miroslav Satan each scored goals in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. “During our six-game losing streak our power play has struggled,” Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. “We get a goal or two and we might have won one or two of those and tonight it was the difference.”
New York began the night 2-for-39 over its previous 10 games on the power play.
Satan scored on the Islanders’ first shootout attempt and the Bruins extended it to sudden death when Marc Savard scored on the Bruins’ third shot. Brad Boyes than failed to convert and Blake put a shot over the shoulder of Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen for the game-winner.
“(Rick) DiPieto was unbelievable,” Islanders defenceman Tom Poti said. “He made four or five point-blank saves and he has that kind of ability to always keep us in the game.”
Viktor Kozlov tied the game at 4 for the Islanders with 1:39 remaining in regulation when he scored a power-play goal by sliding the puck past Toivonen.
“Nothing has changed,” Bruins coach Dave Lewis said. “We aren’t going to win a lot of hockey games giving up four goals.”
Paul Mara had provided the Bruins a short-lived 4-3 lead with 6:15 remaining in the game when he went around a helpless Sean Hill and slid the puck past Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.
“We’ve had a lot of games we started well but didn’t finish,” Bruins defenceman Brad Stuart said. “It is frustrating to get the lead and let them score a couple of power-play goals in crucial situations to beat you.”
Boston has only one win in the last six and allowed three goals or more for the ninth straight game.
The Islanders won for only the second time in the last eight games and in 20 games when trailing after two.
Tom Poti scored the Islanders second power-play goal to tie the game at 3 with 10:29 remaining in the third.
Zdeno Chara had given Boston a 3-2 lead when he scored on a slap shot from the point with 15:40 remaining.
Trent Hunter tied the game at 2 for the Islanders 22 seconds into the third period when he flipped the puck past Toivonen.
Patrice Bergeron and Savard each scored in the opening 8:40 to put the Bruins ahead 2-0. Bergeron scored on a rebound of his own shot and Savard scored on a backhander while DiPietro was out of position.
Randy Robitaille cut the Bruins lead in half at 2-1 when he tipped a shot by Satan beating Toivonen 5:39 into the second period.
P.J. Axelsson and Savard had two assists for the Bruins.
Notes: Chara scored his 200th career point on a first period assist. … Alexei Yashin had an assist to extend his four-game point streak and has 44 career points in 48 games against Boston. … The Bruins had been outscored 28-9 in the last five games. Savard has nine points in the last five games.