Islanders 4, Bruins 2
Uniondale, NY (October 31; Web-posted at 11:40 p.m.) - For the second
consecutive home game, the crowd vociferously chanted "Bee-zer, Bee-
zer" for the heroics of veteran netminder John Vanbiesbrouck, who
stopped 32 shots to pick up his second win of the season.
The victory extended the Islanders' unbeaten streak to five games (4-
0-1), the first time they've achieved that marker since Jan. 28-Feb.
Also, the Islanders finished the month of October at 4-3-2, the first
time the team has had a winning first month of the season since 1992-
Unlike the Islanders past few games where they set the tone early, it
was the visitors who carried the play for the first 20 minutes. The
Bruins outshot the Islanders, 17-4, in the first stanza. And thanks
to the goaltending Vanbiesbrouck, the Islanders entered the second
period locked in a 0-0 battle.
It was a different team that began the second period. The Islanders
took the momentum away from the Bruins and moved ahead with two goals
in a 1:28 outburst to grab the lead.
With Mikko Eloranta in the penalty box, Kenny Jonsson got things
going at the 3:11 mark of the second. Kevin Haller started the goal
sequence as he blocked a Boston clearing attempt and fed Claude
Lapointe along the left boards. The Islander assistant captain
quickly feathered a pass along the high slot that was fanned on by
Mats Lindgren. However, the pass made it on to the stick of Jonsson,
who was cutting in from the right point. The defenseman walked in and
snapped a wrister over Andrew Raycroft's catch glove just as
Eloranta's penalty was about to expire.
The Islanders opened up a two-goal lead on their next shot at the
4:39 mark. Oleg Kvasha notched his third goal of the year after some
crafty playmaking by Tim Connolly and Mark Parrish. As Connolly
controlled the puck deep in the Boston zone, he dropped the it to
Parrish just as he was about to be rubbed out on the play. Parrish
then deked out Jarno Kultanen to dish the puck across the crease to
Kvasha, who spun around and deposited a low shot that beat Raycroft
After the goal, Vanbiesbrouck held the fort as the Bruins peppered
the Islander net. His best save of the night came on Shawn Bates.
Roman Hamrlik's clearing pass was picked off in the high slot. The
Boston center then raced in alone on Vanbiesbrouck, who made a
fabulous pad save to keep the Bruins off the board.
Dave Scatchard gave the Islanders a three-goal advantage with five
minutes left in the middle period. Jonsson's quick head-man pass up
the right boards caught Boston defender Don Sweeney napping as
Scatchard and Lindgren came in on a 2-on-1. Scatchard skated into the
right faceoff circle and snapped the puck through Raycroft's pads for
his third goal of the year.
The Bruins got a goal back quickly in the first minute of the third
period. Sergei Samsonov's impressive rush that started in the neutral
zone ended with the left wing splitting Hamrlik and Zdeno Chara to
beat Vanbiesbrouck high on the blocker side.
Boston whittled the Islanders' lead down to one on a goal by power
forward Joe Thornton with 1:07 left in the game. Bruins coach Mike
Keenan then pulled Raycroft from the net for the extra attacker,
paving the way for Brad Isbister to score his fourth goal of the
season into an empty net at 19:27 and regain the two-goal lead.
The Islanders immediately chartered down to South Florida after the
game to play the Florida Panthers Wednesday night. Expect former
Islander Roberto Luongo to be in goal for the Panthers...
Real-Time Stats: Tim Connolly led the Islanders with eight faceoffs
won...Kevin Haller and Jeff Toms each had a team-high four
hits...Roman Hamrlik continues to see a lot of ice time, logging a
team-high 23:17...Boston's Joe Thornton won 10 faceoffs and Hal Gill
had eight hits.
D Kevin Haller recorded his first point as an Islander with an assist
on Kenny Jonsson's first-period goal...
D Eric Cairns (broken thumb) is expected to return to the lineup in
Three Stars (as selected by the Islanders Radio Network):
1. John Vanbiesbrouck; 2. Kenny Jonsson; 3. Claude Lapointe
On earning the win despite being outshot and outhit:
"I thought we played a good third period. But the first and second
periods we struggled. You know things have changed because in the
past we would have found a way to lose the hockey game. Tonight we
found a way to win the hockey game. We hung in there and we did
enough good things and got enough good saves and scored goals at
On what it means to have a winning record in October:
"I don't think it's a big deal. I said to our guys this morning that
the only thing important about this particular month is finishing
plus. If we finish plus every month we'll make the playoffs."
On only taking 13 shots on goal:
"I'd like to have 40 or 50 attempts at the net and hopefully land 30
on net. As we all know, anything that's put on net the goalie has to
stop and there may be a rebound."
On John Vanbiesbrouck's performance:
"He's given us spectacular goaltending. His last two games have been
FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Dave Scatchard, on the unbeaten streak:
"There's a pretty good mood in the dressing room right now. This is
what we need. Things are coming together."
Dave Scatchard, on John Vanbiesbrouck:
"Tonight was not our best effort. When we mess up Beezer covered for
us. We wouldn't have won tonight if it wasn't for him."
John Vanbiesbrouck, on being outshot 17-4 in the first period:
"The bottom line is survival. If you can get out of a period like
that you never know what's going to happen in the second and third
and we were able to get some bounces."
John Vanbiesbrouck, on having experienced defensemen in a game like
"We have to have some poise with the puck. We have to have some poise
without the puck. You have to appreciate the fact that you're getting
away with a period that's not your best."