Sillinger, who got the only assist on Jeff Tambellini’s first goal of the season in the opening period, shook off an injury and scored his 19th at 10:56. That gave the Islanders at least one standings point for the 11th time in 12 games (7-1-4).
New York, starting its second seven-game homestand of the season, moved into a three-way tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference—one point behind Carolina.
Boston is mired in 12th place, eight points behind the playoff cutoff. This was not how the Bruins wanted to begin a season-high, six-game road trip.
Sillinger, in pain on the Islanders bench just moments earlier, worked the puck free along the boards to Andy Hilbert. Hilbert fired a shot that Thomas stopped, but Sillinger charged in for the rebound and scored.
That gave the Islanders their second lead of the game in front of a sparse crowd, held down because of slick roads following a snow and ice storm Wednesday.
Murray, who missed three of the previous four games with a groin injury, got the Bruins even at 1 in the opening minute of the second period at the end of a pretty passing setup during a power play.
Zdeno Chara passed the puck into the left circle to rookie Phil Kessel, who moved it across to Marc Savard in the right circle. Savard found Murray in the slot for a quick shot that seemed to surprise DiPietro before he could even bend to try to stop it at 32 seconds.
It was Murray’s team-leading 27th goal—12th on the power play—this season, and gave Savard a club-high 71 points.
The return of Murray was made even more important to the Bruins, who were without second-leading scorer Patrice Bergeron. The center sat out for the first time this season with an undisclosed lower-body injury that also forced him to miss the third period of the Bruins’ win Tuesday over Edmonton.
New York grabbed a 1-0 lead with 3:04 left in the first period.
Tambellini got free by checking P.J. Axelsson behind the Boston net and then came out in front where he was able to get his stick on Sillinger’s pass from the right-wing boards and deflect it past Thomas.
Islanders D Bruno Gervais injured his right ankle 6 minutes into the game and didn’t return. Gervais, in his fifth game after missing seven with a sore ankle, will be re-evaluated Friday. … New York D Brendan Witt played his 700th NHL game. … Savard is third in the NHL with 53 assists.