October 31, 2000
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Kenny Jonsson had a goal and assist and John
Vanbiesbrouck stopped 32 shots as the New York Islanders won their
third straight game, hanging on to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over
the Boston Bruins.
Joe Thornton made the game close by scoring on a backhand with 67
seconds left, but the Islanders iced it on Brad Isbister's empty-net
goal with 32.3 seconds remaining.
Oleg Kvasha and Dave Scatchard each scored their third goals of the
season for New York, which finished October 4-3-2 - the first time
the Islanders finished October over .500 since 1992.
Vanbiesbrouck won his second straight game after starting 0-3-1. The
Islanders are on a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1-0) for the first
time since Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 1998.
Sergei Samsonov and Joe Thornton scored for the slump-ridden Bruins,
who have just one win in the last eight games (1-7-0-1). Andrew
Raycroft stopped nine shots.
Vanbiesbrouck made 16 saves in the first period.
The Islanders scored 3:11 into the second on their first power-play
goal at home and fourth overall. On the left boards, Claude Lapointe
centred to Mats Lindgren, who fanned on the shot. The puck deflected
to Jonsson in the right circle, and his wrist shot beat Raycroft over
Kvasha made it 2-0 just 88 seconds later when he fought off
defenceman Samuel Pahlsson at the left crease to bang home Mark
Parrish's cross-ice pass.
Scatchard sent a right-circle wrist shot between Raycroft's pads at
14:57 to give the Islanders a three-goal lead.
Samsonov broke Vanbiesbrouck's shutout bid 25 seconds into the third
period when he skated unimpeded toward the net, made a forehand fake
and flipped a backhand under the crossbar. Thornton scored his sixth
of the season at 18:53.