ISLANDERS 4, MONTREAL 2
By Jason Lockhart
The Montreal Canadiens hadn't lost in regulation when leading after two periods until today, when the Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the third period to win 4-2 after trailing 2-1 heading into the third period.
Two goals by Trent Hunter and Miroslav Satan were the difference, as the Islanders (25-21-6) improved to 4-0-2 in their last six games. The five most recent games have been against teams ranked fourth in their respective conferences or higher. Rick DiPietro stopped 29 of 30 shots for his 21st win of the season.
Satan scored the opening goal 1:44 into the game. Satan converted on a give-and-go with Radek Martinek while on a 3-on-1 break.
Radek Bonk made a nice fake pass before wristing one home to tie the game at one with 9:15 remaining in the first period.
With 7:44 still to play in the first period, the Islanders received a serious blow, when Martinek left the game with a leg injury after falling awkwardly to the ice in his own end. He did not return.
Because of Martinek's injury Sean Hill, Brendan Witt, Chris Campoli and Freddy Meyer picked up a majority of the workload while on defense. The Islanders penalty killers did not allow any power play goals against the league's second-best power play.
Mark Streit received a pass at the side of the net from Maxim Lapierre and slipped the puck under DiPietro with 2:47 to go in the second period for a 2-1 Canadiens lead.
The Montreal lead would be short lived once the teams returned to the ice for the third period.
The Islanders scored, while on the power play, just 1:35 into the final frame. Hunter flipped home Sean Hill's rebound for his fourth goal in his last five games.
Hunter was back at it again with 8:34 left in the third period. The puck found Hunter, who rocketed a high shot past goaltender Crisotbal Huet to make it 3-2 Islanders.
Sheldon Souray's pass in the defensive zone with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period went right to Satan. A few strides later Satan put the puck past Huet for a 4-2 Islanders lead.
The Islanders get right back to the ice tomorrow at 1 pm against the Capitals in Washington.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Trent Hunter: Two goals including the game-winner
2. Miroslav Satan: Continued to stay hot with two goals
3. Rick DiPietro: Stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win
4. Sean Hill: A stalwart on defense and had to play extra time with Martinek out
5. Brendan Witt: Sacrificed the body all game with seven blocked shots
Stat of the Game: The Islanders blocked 25 shots compared to 13 by the Canadiens.
Slapshots: Trent Hunter extended his point streak to six gamesÂ¦Canadiens Chris Higgins (Smithtown) and Mike Komisarek (West Islip) are native Long Islanders Alexei Yashin (knee), Shawn Bates (groin), Tom Poti (back) and Bruno Gervais (ankle) were today's Islanders scratches.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
38 Allan Rourke- 44 Freddy Meyer
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
12 Chris Simon - 27 Randy Robitaille 55 Jason Blake
15 Jeff Tambellini - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
10 Richard Park - 51 Frans Nielsen - 45 Arron Asham
39 Cristobal Huet
30 David Aebischer
44 Sheldon Souray - 52 Craig Rivet
8 Mike Komisarek - 51 Francis Bouillon
79 Andrei Markov - 25 Mathieu Dandenault
84 Guillaume Latendresse - 35 Tomas Plekanec - 27 Alexei Kovalev 21
21 Chris Higgins - 11 Saku Koivu - 73 Michael Ryder
15 Sergei Samsonov - 14 Radek Bonk - 20 Mike Johnson
42 Alexander Perezhogin - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 32 Mark Streit