Canadiens take down penalty-prone IslandersNov 11, 2013 - 2:46 AM
Alex Galchenyuk added a goal and two assists to post a new career high in points for the Canadiens, who stopped a four-game losing streak.
Brendan Gallagher also tallied to back a 24-save effort from Carey Price.
"Right from the puck drop we came out and played 60 minutes," said Gallagher. "For the most part it was a total team effort. That's when we're having fun, when we're all contributing, everyone playing hard. Hopefully that continues."
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who have dropped four in a row. Montreal native Kevin Poulin manned the crease, but gave up all four goals on 31 shots.
"It's frustrating," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. "We did some things but we made a lot of mistakes, silly mistakes."
Nelson was credited with a redirection of a John Tavares chance on a third- period power play for the Islanders, cutting their deficit to 3-2 at 4:10. A brief review upheld the original call on the ice, which was that a kicking motion was not used.
The Habs struck back to restore their two-goal edge with 9:23 remaining on Galchenyuk's tip of an Eller pass which completed a three-way passing play.
Any hopes of an Isles comeback were derailed when Thomas Hickey was sent off for hooking with 2:36 remaining.
Gallagher put the Habs on the board at the 1:46 mark of the second period with a low shot from the right wing.
Price denied Kyle Okposo's backhander in front during an Islanders power play minutes later, but the visitors broke through on the advantage at 7:23 on Bouchard's blast from the bottom of the left circle.
Eller gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 3:46 on the period clock, ripping home a cross-ice feed from Galchenyuk with Isles forward Michael Grabner in the box for shooting the puck out of play.
It was 3-1 for Montreal inside the final minutes, after Bournival tipped in a Raphael Diaz blast during the back half of a double minor for high sticking to Hickey.
Galchenyuk recorded two points in a game on eight occasions before recording Sunday's career high ... New York won two of three from Montreal during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, including the lone Quebec matchup ... The Islanders scratched forward Thomas Vanek with an upper-body injury.
- NEW YORK: 2
Nov 10 8:51 PM
- Montreal Goal - Alex Galchenyuk (3), from Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher at 10:37.
Islanders 2, Canadiens 4 3rd - 9:23Nov 10 8:25 PM
- NY Islanders Power-Play Goal - Brock Nelson (2), from John Tavares and Frans Nielsen at 4:10.
Islanders 2, Canadiens 3 3rd - 15:50Nov 10 8:13 PM
- NEW YORK: 1
End of 2nd
Nov 10 7:47 PM
- Montreal Power-Play Goal - Michael Bournival (5), from Raphael Diaz and Tomas Plekanec at 19:04.
Islanders 1, Canadiens 3 2nd - 0:56Nov 10 7:45 PM
- Montreal Power-Play Goal - Lars Eller (6), at 16:14.
Islanders 1, Canadiens 2 2nd - 3:46Nov 10 7:39 PM
- NY Islanders Power-Play Goal - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3), at 7:23.
Islanders 1, Canadiens 1 2nd - 12:37Nov 10 7:21 PM
- Montreal Goal - Brendan Gallagher (8), from Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller at 1:46.
Islanders 0, Canadiens 1 2nd - 18:14Nov 10 7:07 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
End of 1st
Nov 10 6:46 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
1st Period - 20:00
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