Vanek leads Islanders past Bruins | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

There was little doubt Thomas Vanek was going to produce for the New York Islanders. It was just a matter of when.

Vanek had a goal and an assist and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

John Tavares and Andrew MacDonald also scored for the Islanders (6-5-3), who picked up four points this weekend after earning a 5-4 shootout victory on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Vanek had an assist in Friday's victory. He now has three points (one goal, two assists) in as many games since being traded to New York by the Buffalo Sabres this past Sunday.

"I'm playing with two great players and it's a great opportunity for me," Vanek said after the game. "Everyday is a new day and I keep learning and keep building."

Dougie Hamilton scored the lone goal for Boston (8-5-0). Chad Johnson made 31 saves in his second start of the season.

Tavares broke a scoreless tie at 6:15 of the second period. With the teams at even strength, Vanek took the puck off David Krejci's stick in the slot and quickly put a shot on goal that was denied by Johnson. But Tavares was on the doorstep and showed some nifty hand-eye coordination and swatted the puck out of midair and over the goal line for his sixth goal of the season.

MacDonald doubled New York's lead with his first goal of the season at 13:13. MacDonald, who had three goals in 48 games last season, took a pass from Travis Hamonic and one-timed a slap shot from the left point that found its way through a crowd and past Johnson to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins responded quickly via the power play on a goal by Hamilton at 15:27. With three seconds remaining on a holding-the-stick penalty to Islanders forward Brock Nelson, Hamilton sent a cross-ice feed from the right circle toward Carl Soderberg, but New York center Frans Nielsen accidentally poked it through Poulin's pads to make it 2-1. It was Poulin's only blemish of the evening.

"I think Kevin played well tonight," Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "They have net presence and big bodies, and he battled hard for us. We know what Kevin can do, we have seen him grow in Bridgeport. We have a 2 solid goaltenders and we are going to need them its going to be a long season."

Vanek restored New York's two-goal lead 41 seconds later with his first goal as an Islander. He finished off a 2-on-1 with Kyle Okposo by one-timing a feed from the left circle past Johnson to make it 3-1. It was Vanek's fifth goal of the season and 30th in 51 games against the Bruins.

"After playing a couple games the chemistry is there." Capuano said. "They are highly skilled and they have great work ethic. I know they played about 23 minutes. I like what they did offensively, but even without the puck."

Johnson denied Vanek's bid for his second of the night midway through the third period. Vanek made a nifty move around Hamilton and snapped a wrister that Johnson snared with his glove to keep it a 3-1 game.

The Islanders begin a four-game road trip Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

Notes: Thomas Vanek's goal was his 500th career point. Tavares, Vanek & Okposo each finished the night +3. Andrew MacDonald led the Isles with 27:44 time-on-ice. Cal Clutterbuck led the team with 6 hits Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with 5 blocked shots.

New York Islanders


26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey

40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck

29 Brock Nelson - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin


47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek


20 Evgeni Nabokov

60 Kevin Poulin

Boston Bruins


17 Milan Lucic- 46 David Krejci - 12 Jarome Iginla

18 Reilly Smith- 37 Patrice Bergeron- 63 Brad Marchand

23 Chris Kelly- 51 Ryan Spooner- 34 Cark Siderberg

20 Daniel Paille- 11 Gregory Campbell- 22 Shawn Thornton


33 Zdeno Chara - 27 Dougie Hamilton

43 Matt Bartkowski- 44 Dennis Seidenberg

47 Torey Krug- 54 Adam McQuid


30 Chad Johnson

40 Tuukka Rask

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
06:15NYI John Tavares (6) ASST: Thomas Vanek (7), Kyle Okposo (11) 1 - 0 NYI
13:13NYI Andrew MacDonald (1) ASST: Travis Hamonic (4), Kyle Okposo (12) 2 - 0 NYI
15:27BOS PPG - Dougie Hamilton (3) ASST: Reilly Smith (6), Ryan Spooner (2) 2 - 1 NYI
16:08NYI Thomas Vanek (5) ASST: Kyle Okposo (13), Travis Hamonic (5) 3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:49
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-21
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .963SH: 0-0
Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
13:30NYI Brock Nelson  Holding the stick against  Daniel Paille
19:04BOS Dougie Hamilton  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
3rd Period
02:27BOS Torey Krug  Hooking against  Brock Nelson
02:48NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Brad Marchand
02:48NYI John Tavares  Unsportsmanlike conduct
07:59BOS Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
07:59NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Adam McQuaid
14:24BOS Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins3524
Blocked Shots2019
Penalty Minutes88
11G. CampbellC000009:44
12J. IginlaR00-12020:18
17M. LucicL00-13020:15
18R. SmithR01-10013:57
20D. PailleL00-1108:32
22S. ThorntonL000109:04
23C. KellyC00-10013:27
27D. HamiltonD10-24218:23
33Z. CharaD00-21224:50
34C. SoderbergC0001013:55
37P. BergeronC00-15018:01
43M. BartkowskiD00-11019:03
44D. SeidenbergD00-12022:28
46D. KrejciC00-12021:28
47T. KrugD0001219:31
51R. SpoonerC0102011:19
54A. McQuaidD0000214:27
63B. MarchandL00-21014:51
30C. Johnson3134.91258:27
3T. HamonicD0221024:58
4R. MartinekD0010013:17
7M. CarknerD0003014:36
12J. BaileyR0002011:25
14T. HickeyD0001018:21
15C. ClutterbuckR0004212:42
16P. ReginC0000012:42
17M. MartinL0001014:05
21K. OkposoR0332017:50
26T. VanekL1133019:49
29B. NelsonL000129:19
40M. GrabnerR0002014:17
46M. DonovanD0013017:58
47A. MacDonaldD1021027:44
51F. NielsenC0002017:26
53C. CizikasC0001013:35
91J. TavaresC1035419:08
96P. BouchardC0002012:51
60K. Poulin2627.96360:00