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Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 12, 2009 06:45 PM

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Islanders win it, 3-2, only 24 seconds into ovewrtime, Frans Nielsen finishing off a 2-on-1 break in against Andrew Ference. Blake Comeau picks of a Savard pass in the Islander end to begin the breakout.

All even, 2-2, after 60 minutes. Headed to 4-on-4 overtime.

Getting down to the final strokes of regulation. Still tied, 2-2, wtih Bruins allowing only one shot this period. Boston, 31-16, on shots with 3:00 to go.

Islanders credited with their first shot of the third period at 11:18. Bruins with 25-16 shot lead.

Boston foiled again on a power play. Bergeron squeezes off the only shot in the two minutes, Rolson turning back his wrister from the right circle. Still knotted, 2-2.

Bruins unable to take lead with early power play in the third period, but they do land three good attempts on Roloson. Best of the bunch: A Recchi snap shot from the left circle off of a Krejci feed.

Finished with 40:00 here at Nassau Coliseum. Tied, 2-2.

Islanders knot it, 2-2, when Moulson puts doorstep backhander by Thomas. Clever dish by Tavares, sending in backhander from behind goal line, near left post, after Okposo shuttles puck over from left corner. Goal No. 15 for Moulson, the former Cornell star who spent most of the last three seasons in Manchester (AHL).

Bruins move to 2-1 lead with 9:26 gone in second when Krejci knocks in forehander at right post off of sweet backhand dish across crease from Ryder. Sobotka begins play, bringing puck over at left wing on an Islander turn over. Ryder picks up puck along left wing wall, motors away from Meyer and threads pass by Witt at top of crease.

Lots of back and forth in the opening eight minutes of the second period but neither side able to generate a real scoring threat.

With 7:12 gone, Shawn Thornton attempted a stuff at the left post, carrying the puck off the rear wall. An alert Roloson made the block. And 1:06 later, Wheeler was set up in the mid-slot by a Savard feed, but his wrister was easily stopped by Roloson.

First period ends with clubs tied, 1-1.

With 1:41 left in the period, the Bruins put a second shot behind Roloson, but it is ruled no goal, Sturm swatting it in lacrosse-style with high backhander after Ference is first turned back on a short-range wrister. After a brief video review, the play stands as ruled on the ice--no goal.

14:23 -- Bruins tie it, 1-1, when Ryder snaps 30-foot wrister to top right corner aftrer gathering in soft backhand feed, slot to wing, from Krejci. Roloson too late flashing glove.

Wideman whistled off for roughing at 11:01. Not a good penalty. Wideman retaliated after taking a heavy hit from a charging Blake Comeau deep in the Boston end. Islanders continue to have territorial advantage after Boston caught with too many men on the ice early in the period.

With about 9:30 left in the period, Sim and Chara exchange heavy checks deep in the Boston end, with Sim able to gain uncharacteristic leverage against the Trencin Tower.

Good pace from the start. Bruins with a 2-0 shot lead when Boston charged with too many men on the ice at 3:31.

3:58 Islanders 1, Boston 0 -- Schremp puts touch to loose puck at right post after an Okposo shot from midslot pops loose in a goal-mouth pileup.

As expected, Tim Thomas is in the Boston net tonight, opposing former ULowell standout Dwayne Roloson.

Also as expected, Matt Hunwick is the scratch on Boston's backline.

Puck down here in about five minutes.

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