It had been nearly 6 years since the Boston Bruins enjoyed a visit to the Nassau Coliseum.

Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots to help the Bruins win for the first time on Long Island in 11 games, 3-1 over the New York Islanders last night.

Glen Murray, Petteri Nokelainen and Chuck Kobasew scored for Boston, which was 0-5-4-1 at the Islanders' arena since a 4-2 victory on Dec. 22, 2001.

"We played well, except for a couple of breakdowns near the end," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We got some timely goals, and our power play came up big, obviously."

Chris Campoli broke New York's shutout streak with 1:51 left in the game.

In other games:

* At Pittsburgh, Kris Letang scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-1.

* At Columbus, Niklas Hagman's shootout backhander powered Dallas to its second shootout win over the Blue Jackets this season, 2-1.

* At New York, Cam Ward earned his second shutout of the season as Carolina defeated the Rangers, 4-0.

* At Denver, Steve Bernier, Milan Michalek and Mike Grier each scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves to lead San Jose over the Avalanche, 3-2.

Noteworthy

* A Toronto radio station aired a retraction for claiming last month that Rangers forward Sean Avery made cancer-related remarks to ill Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake.

Avery exchanged words and shoves with Blake and his Toronto teammate Darcy Tucker during warmups before New York's 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs on Nov. 10.

FAN 590 reporter Howard Berger had claimed Avery made "cancer-related remarks" to Blake during the altercation, citing an unidentified Rangers player. Blake was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in October.

Avery denied making the comments and his lawyers served libel notices against the Fan and the Toronto Star over the matter. Berger voiced the 46-second retraction that aired yesterday.

* Dallas Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen could be out 8 to 10 weeks because of an abdominal injury that required surgery. The Stars put him on injured reserve. *