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09-21-2003, 02:06 PM
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Islanders win 6 - 2.

Nhl Final 1st 2nd 3rd Total
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Boston 0 0 2 2
Ny Islanders 4 2 0 6 Final

Goal Scoring:

1st Prd: Nyi - Justin Mapletoft 1 (sean Bergenheim) 3:27
Nyi - Justin Papineau 2 (unassisted) 9:30
Nyi - (pp) Sven Butenschon 1 (michael Peca, Radek Martinek)
Nyi - Eric Godard 1 (derek Bekar) 18:20

2nd Prd: Nyi - Jason Blake 2 (michael Peca) 1:07
Nyi - Trent Hunter 2 (michael Peca, Janne Niinimaa) 10:00

3rd Prd: Bos - (pp) Patrice Bergeron 2 (kevin Dallman, Ivan Huml)
Bos - Michal Grosek 1 (sandy Mccarthy, Matt Herr) 16:24

Power-play Conversions: Bos - 1 Of 8, Nyi - 1 Of 2.

Shots On Goal: 1st 2nd 3rd Total
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BOS 5 8 17 30
NYI 11 11 4 26

Goalies: Bos - Felix Potvin, Tim Thomas (10:00, 2nd)
Nyi - Rick Dipietro

(Sept. 21) The Islanders won their third straight preseason game, 6-2, over the Boston Bruins on Sunday in the first-ever game at the Arena at HarborYard in Bridgeport, CT. Steve Stirling's club rolled with four goals in the opening period.

Just 2:48 into the game, we had our first scrap of the afternoon when Boston's Doug Doull and Eric Cairns came to blows after Rick DiPietro had to make a save off his own giveaway. Doull knocked off Cairns' helmet early, but the Islander defenseman came on midway through the bout and scored the decision as he connected with a left-right combination that floored the Bruin winger.

At the 3:27 mark, Sean Bergenheim notched his second assist of the preseason as he initiated Justin Mapletoft's first of the exhibition season. Bergenheim used a power move from the right wing corner and bulled his way out to shield the puck from the Bruins' defense. Once he spun out front, he fed Mapletoft to bury a one-timer over Felix Potvin's shoulder.

On his next shift, Bergenheim nearly made it a 2-0 game but was robbed in front by Potvin off an in-close opportunity. Michael Peca, making his preseason debut, gained control behind the Boston net and deked out a pair of defenders to find Bergenheim battling in front.

Yet, the Islanders followed that up by potting their second of the game at the 9:30 mark. That's when Justin Papineau, who scored the game-winner Friday night in Wheeling, notched his second of the preseason with an unassisted tally off a 1-on-2 situation. Papineau, who looked to have nowhere to go as he cruised down the slot, beat both Boston defensemen and roofed a backhander over Potvin's trapper.

With Shaone Morrisonn in the box, the Isles' powerplay struck again. Peca and Jason Blake started the goal as they rushed the puck over the Boston blueline. The Islander captain dropped the puck in the slot to the trailing Sven Butenschon, whose wrister was deflected on the way in by Boston's Milan Jucina over Potvin at the 11:34 mark.

The Islanders were all over Boston at this point, and dominating the front of Boston's net. Oleg Kvasha nearly made it 4-0 with another Islander opportunity in front of Potvin. The Boston goaltender bailed out his defense with a paddle stop. Then it was Janne Niinimaa's turn two shifts later down the slot as his wrister through a screen was rejected by Potvin's blocker. Bergenheim set that one up with a steal behind the Boston cage.

Then Potvin was beaten by one he'd want back with 1:40 left in the period when Eric Godard beat the goaltender with a sharp-angled try from the goal line that somehow found its way over into the net. Derek Bekar won the puck along the boards at the Boston blueline to gain the primary assist. The Islanders wound up out-shooting the Bruins, 11-5, in the opener.

Jason Blake got things going quick in the second period, putting home a breakaway chance on Potvin at 1:07. No Bruin had a chance to catch Blake as he led the pack by three lengths before putting three moves on the nerminder before depositing the puck to Potvin's right.

The Isles continued to buzz the Bruins' net, with three solid chances, though the puck slid off Czerkawski's stick on the best opportunity, an open slot in front of the goal. The buzz would end though when Kvasha was whistled for tripping at the 3:10 mark. He was followed by Bergenheim, who was sent off to serve DiPietro's delay of game penalty shortly after. DiPietro launched the puck over the near-boards on a clearing attempt.

The Isles killed off the two-man advantage thanks to some dazzling saves by DiPietro, who stoned Thornton twice during the penalty kill, including a blast from the point and a point-blank rocket from just outside the crease. A shot from in-close had fans breathless, as the goaltender reached behind him to stop the puck from trickling into the goal.

5-on-5 hockey wouldn't last long, though, as Brandon Smith was called for interference at 6:35. The Bruins managed to create just one quality scoring chance during the two-minute advantage as Thornton tested DiPietro again. The big Bruins center broke in on the Isles zone, only to meet the netminder's leg pad once again.

Niinimaa would send the Isles back on the offensive a moment later, sending Peca and Hunter on a 2-on-1 against Jurcina. Peca held the puck, and fired a wrister high, which Potvin gloved, only to see the biscuit trickle out. Hunter punched it home at the 10:00 minute mark, giving the Isles a 6-0 lead. It would be the end of Potvin's night as Tim Thomas came in in relief.

The Isles would give the B's another chance to practice their powerplay at 11:52, as Yashin left the ice on a high-sticking penalty. The Bruins got an inadvertent chance on net when Bruno Gervais deflected a pass and sent it in on DiPietro, who scrambled to grab the puck.

At 13:33, the Bruins would once again go up by two men, thanks to a roughing call on Bergenheim, but it was the Isles who would take advantage of it, as Bekar broke in on Thomas, only to be shut down in tight. The short 5-on-3 was followed by a brilliant chance by Axelsson, who one-timed a clean pass from Thornton while standing on the edge of the crease. DiPietro was quicker though, snagging the puck with his glovehand before it crossed the goal line.

Ivan Huml terminated the B's powerplay with a trip on Blake at 14:11, allowing Kvasha some open ice to perform with. He powered down the left wing, around the defenseman before crossing the slot and sending a shot high above the crossbar.

With 3:30 left in the period, a bounce in the Bruins' zone sent the puck flying behind the play into the Isles' zone, resulting in a foot race between Cairns and Murray. Though Murray won the race, Cairns won the battle, diving and sweeping the puck of the Bruin's stick with a swing of his own. DiPietro would get his last test of the period three minutes later, as Rich Brennan blasted a shot from the blueline. The goalie threw his glove up fast, stealing the chance confidently. The Isles ended the second stanza with an 11-8 shot advantage, putting the game advantage at 22-13, through two.

The Bruins got on the board with 7:56 left in the game on a powerplay goal by Kevin Dallman. To that point, DiPietro was perfect with 22 stops. Boston got another late with 3:36 left when Michal Grosek deposited a give-and-go in tight.


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