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BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins look to recover from a tough
loss Saturday night when they return home to face the New York
Boston blew a two-goal second-period lead on Friday in a 5-4 overtime
defeat against the Ottawa Senators. Sergei Samsonov scored a pair of
first-period goals and the Bruins had a 48-26 advanatge in shots on
goal. But Boston went 1-for-8 on the power play, while allowing
Ottawa to score twice in four chances with the man advantage.
"We played well but the difference in the game was obviously our
power play," said Jason Allison, whose 32nd goal gave Boston a 4-2
lead in the second period Friday. "We had a couple of bad breaks and
sometimes that stuff happens. Now we got to be ready for (Saturday).
Every game is like a playoff game for us."
Shortly after the Bruins lost at Ottawa, the Carolina Hurricanes
posted a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. The win
dropped Boston one point behind Carolina for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have three fewer
wins than Carolina and have lost the season series.
The Islanders have the fewest points in the NHL and are just 1-4-2-0
in their last eight games. Dave Scatchard and Kenny Jonsson each had
a goal and an assist for the Islanders in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the
New York Rangers.
The Islanders scored only one goal in nine power-play opportunities
Thursday to fall to 3-for-47 with the man-advantage in their last
The Bruins and Islanders have split a pair of meetings in New York
this season. The Islanders won twice in Boston in 1999-00.