Created: 11/02/2013 10:35 PM WHEC.com
(AP) UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals, and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for his first win of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night.
Tavares knocked a loose puck past Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson at 6:15 of the second for his sixth goal of the season. The assist went to his new left wing Vanek, who was acquired from Buffalo last week.
After MacDonald scored his first of the season at 13:13 to make it 2-0, and Boston’s Dougie Hamilton answered two minutes later, Vanek scored his first with the Islanders _ one-timing a perfect cross-ice pass from Kyle Okposo past Johnson from the left circle at 16:08.
Okposo and defenseman Travis Hamonic assisted on MacDonald and Vanek’s goals.
Vanek’s goal was the 255th of his NHL career and his 500th point. The 29-year-old winger also assisted on Tavares’ goal.
The Islanders (6-5-3) won for the second straight night. On Friday, they bombarded the Ottawa Senators with 57 shots and won 5-4 in a shootout, twice rallying from two-goal deficits.
Tavares, the Islanders captain who has played 221 consecutive games, seemed more at ease with his new line combination of Vanek on the left and Okposo on the right. Moulson had been Tavares’ left wing since the captain’s rookie season in 2009-10.
Boston (8-5) lost for the third time in four games.
Poulin’s best save came 6:58 in when he denied Boston’s David Krejci from top of the crease after two perfect passes from Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron.
He also stopped Milan Lucic’s backhand from in front with 1:29 left in the third as the Bruins had Johnson pulled for an extra attacker. He made another glove save on Hamilton with 23 seconds remaining, sparking chants of "Pou-lin, Pou-lin" from the crowd.
The 23-year-old Poulin’s two starts in place of No. 1 starter Evgeni Nabokov were losses _ 3-2 at Chicago and 5-2 at home to Philadelphia.
Johnson was playing his second game of the season to give Tuukka Rask a rest. Johnson won his only other start, 5-2 at Buffalo on Oct. 23.
The Bruins, coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim on Thursday, will start a five-game homestand against Dallas on Tuesday. They had won their previous three visits and eight of 10 at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders will embark on a four-game trip starting Tuesday at Washington before they head to Carolina, Columbus and Montreal.
NOTES: The Bruins were again without forward Loui Eriksson, who sustained a concussion when he was hit by Buffalo’s John Scott on Oct. 23. ... Islanders D Lubomir Visnovsky missed his sixth straight game with a concussion. ... The Islanders also scratched defenseman Brian Strait (upper body) and forward Colin McDonald (hip).