Canadiens hand Islanders fourth straight loss

MONTREAL -- A pair of power-play goals late in the second period cost the New York Islanders Sunday night, as they fell 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Lars Eller and Michael Bournival scored 2:50 apart in the final four minutes of the second period, putting the Canadiens up 3-1. Bournival’s deflection at 19:04 held up as the eventual winner.

“We’re right there again and bang-bang, two power-play goals,” head coach Jack Capuano said summing up the loss.

The Islanders battled back in the third period, cutting the deficit with one of their two power-play goals. Brock Nelson, who skated on the top-line in place of the injured Thomas Vanek, redirected a John Tavares pass off his skate and past Carey Price for his second goal of the season.

“Dougie (assistant coach Doug Weight) said to just get in the paint and take away (Price’s) eyes,” Nelson. “It came from down low, Johnny made a nice play to get it to me and I was able to get a stick and skate on it.”

Tavares finished the game with two assists, as he also dished the puck to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who slapped home his third of the season in the second period. Eller (one goal, two assists) and Alex Galchenyuk (one goal, two assists) each had three points for the Canadiens.

Montreal, Que., native Kevin Poulin started in his hometown for the first time on Sunday, making 27 saves in the loss. Poulin shrugged off the noise and pressure of the Bell Centre turning in another solid game for the Islanders, controlling his rebounds and using an active stick to break up passes down low. Two of the four goals that beat Poulin were deflections.

“I was excited, but was looking for the win obviously,” Poulin said of playing at home for the first time. “It didn’t turn out the way I was imagining it.”

Price stopped 24 of 26 for the win and Brendan Gallagher rounded out the scoring for the Canadiens.

The Islanders return home after a four-game trip and host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m.

Islanders Lines:

Brock NelsonJohn TavaresKyle Okposo

Michael GrabnerFrans NielsenJosh Bailey

Pierre-Marc BouchardPeter Regin – McDonald

Eric BoultonCasey CizikasMatt Martin

Andrew MacDonaldTravis Hamonic

Thomas HickeyMatt Donovan

Aaron NessMatt Carkner

Kevin Poulin

Evgeni Nabokov

Canadiens Lines:

Max Pacioretty – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta

Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallagher

Michael Bournival – David Desharnais – Rene Bourque

Travis Moen – Ryan White – Gabriel Dumont

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Josh Georges – Raphael Diaz

Douglas Murray – Francis Boullion

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:46MTL Brendan Gallagher (8) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (10), Lars Eller (5) 1 - 0 MTL
07:23NYI PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) ASST: John Tavares (12) 1 - 1 Tie
16:14MTL PPG - Lars Eller (6) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (11), P.K. Subban (14) 2 - 1 MTL
19:04MTL PPG - Michael Bournival (5) ASST: Raphael Diaz (7), Tomas Plekanec (7) 3 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
04:10NYI PPG - Brock Nelson (2) ASST: John Tavares (13), Frans Nielsen (10) 3 - 2 MTL
10:37MTL Alex Galchenyuk (3) ASST: Lars Eller (6), Brendan Gallagher (4) 4 - 2 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:54
Brendan Gallagher
Brendan Gallagher
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:33
Lars Eller
Lars Eller
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:30
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:00MTL Lars Eller  Hooking against  Peter Regin
15:10NYI Colin McDonald  Tripping against  Lars Eller
2nd Period
03:59MTL Tomas Plekanec  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
07:12MTL Francis Bouillon  Holding against  Brock Nelson
14:34NYI Michael Grabner  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:36NYI Thomas Hickey  Hi stick - double minor against  Brian Gionta
3rd Period
03:44MTL David Desharnais  Hooking against  Eric Boulton
17:24NYI Thomas Hickey  Hooking against  Lars Eller
19:25NYI Matt Carkner  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/42/5
Faceoff Wins3134
Blocked Shots1323
Penalty Minutes208
3T. HamonicD00-12022:57
7M. CarknerD00-111016:20
12J. BaileyR00-10015:56
13C. McDonaldR00-12214:44
14T. HickeyD0000617:12
16P. ReginC00-10013:29
17M. MartinL0002014:23
21K. OkposoR0003018:35
29B. NelsonL1001016:47
36E. BoultonL000205:59
40M. GrabnerR00-10211:02
46M. DonovanD0001017:43
47A. MacDonaldD00-12025:24
51F. NielsenC01-10018:54
53C. CizikasC0001012:35
55A. NessD00-12015:28
91J. TavaresC0203019:05
96P. BouchardC10-14015:19
60K. Poulin2731.87160:00
6D. MurrayD0000014:15
11B. GallagherR1123017:33
14T. PlekanecC0100217:19
17R. BourqueR0003016:50
21B. GiontaR0003015:56
26J. GorgesD0011018:27
27A. GalchenyukC1226017:54
32T. MoenL000006:19
37G. DumontC000107:43
49M. BournivalL1002013:42
51D. DesharnaisC0000215:04
53R. WhiteC000007:56
55F. BouillonD0002218:22
61R. DiazD0111017:51
67M. PaciorettyL0005020:37
76P. SubbanD0113025:34
79A. MarkovD0010025:31
81L. EllerC1221218:30
31C. Price2426.92360:00