"It's been a while. I think I would've done anything," Hunter
said. "I would've used my teeth if I had to."
Hunter, who had gone 12 games without a goal, outraced two
Bruins to a rolling puck and knocked it in as he bowled over goalie
"I was just trying to get to the puck," he said. "I just took
a swipe at it and I was pretty excited when it went in. I thought
with my luck they were going to wave it off because the net was off
Asham made it 4-2 when he backhanded in Alexei Yashin's rebound
at 14:51, giving New York its third win in eight games.
Boston (7-7-5) dropped its second straight in regulation after
earning points in nine straight games. The have lost three straight
"It's a good thing we've got four days off now," Raycroft
said. "We can't keep saying we're close again, we're almost there
-- because we're not. We're trying to stay positive, but at the same
time, we have to be accountable."
Mike York scored his 100th NHL goal to get the Islanders in
front in the first period, and Shawn Bates gave them another lead
in the second. Bates added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
York had gone 11 games without a goal.
"It was good to get a win behind it," he said. "It gets
frustrating especially if you're not winning games. You feel like
you're not contributing the way you want to."
Dave Scatchard and Sergei Samsonov had goals to get Boston even
twice but the Bruins had no answers in the third period. Shawn
McEachern had two assists, and Raycroft made 26 saves in his second
straight start after sitting out six games because of a hamstring
"Some nights, we've deserved a better fate and haven't gotten
it," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "That's the frustrating
part. But you are what you are, and right now, we're a .500 hockey
Rick DiPietro, a Massachusetts native, made 29 saves after
missing an earlier meeting with the Bruins because of a bruised
The teams found themselves in a familiar position -- tied -- when
Samsonov converted a well-executed backdoor play to square it at 2
just 2:54 into the third period.
New York beat Boston 4-3 in overtime 11 days earlier at Nassau
Coliseum and the teams played to three draws in four games during
the 2003-04 season.
Just like in the earlier meeting, the Islanders were unable to
protect a lead in the third period but Hunter and Asham ended the
suspense in regulation this time.
New York went ahead late in the second when Hunter fired a shot
from in between the circles into traffic near the net. The puck
appeared to be going wide when it struck Bates and Bruins forward
Brad Isbister and caromed in. Bates, injured in the final 30
seconds of the first period while blocking a shot, was credited
with his fourth goal and second in three games.
The goal was given to Hunter, a finalist for the 2003-04 rookie
of the year award. He entered Saturday's game with only one goal
after scoring 25 before the NHL lockout.
"I was hoping it was his," said Islanders coach Steve
Stirling, who called Thursday's loss to Philadelphia Hunter's best
game of the season. "He found a way to get a dirty goal ... and I
hope that gets them going."
Scatchard, who left the Islanders as a free agent this summer,
got the Bruins even at 1 with 2:33 left in the first on his fourth
of the season and second straight against New York.
York gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 12:29 with New York's
fourth power-play goal in three games.
Boston's point streak ended Thursday with a 5-2 home loss
to Ottawa in Raycroft's return. ... Bates' first three goals this
season were game-winners. His fourth was in line to be until
Samsonov tied it. ... Isbister, formerly of the Islanders, returned
to the Boston lineup after missing four games with a groin injury.
The left wing sat out three contests earlier this season with the
same injury before playing on Long Island on Nov. 1. He left in the
second period of that game.
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Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Location: Uniondale, New York
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Craig Spada Linesmen: David Brisebois, Steve Miller
Attendance: 15,228 (93.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mike York (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Robert Nilsson, Cliff Ronning
Dave Scatchard (4)
Assists: P.J. Axelsson, Rob Zamuner
Shawn Bates (4)
Assists: Trent Hunter, Jason Blake
Sergei Samsonov (9)
Assists: Joe Thornton, Rob Zamuner
Trent Hunter (2)
Assist: Brent Sopel
Arron Asham (2)
Assists: Alexei Yashin, Miroslav Satan