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game recap

Canadiens 5, Islanders 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Dyan LeBourdais

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Canadiens 5, Islanders 3
New York Islanders 3, Montréal Canadiens 5
Three Stars of the Game
Petteri Nokelainen
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 10:49
Erik Cole
2nd
Erik Cole
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:49
Matt Moulson
3rd
Matt Moulson
LW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:59

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano summarized last night’s 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canaidens best:

“We were down by two goals and we kept coming,” he said. “We didn’t quit. Those guys aren’t going to quit. That’s part of the effort tonight. There’s no excuse for losing and sometimes you get sick and tired of hearing it, but this was a game I thought we should have come out with a point.”

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Matt Moulson’s 15th goal of the season in the first, the Canadiens scored three unanswered goals. But the Islanders were not beat. Josh Bailey and John Tavares each scored in the third to tie the score at three at 11:28.

“I thought we played pretty well in the third,” Bailey said. “We dominated a majority of the play, we played sound defensively and we got rewarded with a couple goals, but it was a tough goal at the end of the game. Grabby (Michael Grabner) took his guy to the net and did the right thing and then they make a change and their guy comes off the bench, Monty is screened. It was unfortunate timing.”

Both Bailey and Tavares’ goals were the result of hard work and persistence. A heads-up play from Brian Rolston and timing from Bailey around the crease cut the differential 3-2 at 5:18. The Isles evened the score at 11:28; PA Parenteau’s pass from behind the goal found Tavares who poked at Price to strike for the gritty goal around the paint.

The Habs caught their second wind when, rushing off the bench, former Islanders forward Petteri Nokelainen scored on a slap shot at the blue line to beat Montoya at 13:45 and retake the Canadiens lead, 4-3.

“I couldn’t see it. It was off the bar and in,” Montoya said. “We did a great job of coming back in that game, but I’m not going to make an excuse. That was a great shot off the post and (I had) no eyes on it.”

Rolston said: “We got caught in our end a little bit, we had got caught a little bit tired and I think someone had changed, (Nokelainen) came off the bench and we just lost coverage there. And I don’t think Al really saw it until the last minute there. It’s just one of those things, but we can play a better team game. We have to get points.”

An empty net goal from Hall Gill at 19:09 of the third sealed the Canadiens win.

The Islanders penalty kill was tested in the second period as they were shorthanded for 7:24 and Montoya helped keep the Isles in the game as he made 15 saves.

Moulson scored the first goal of the night at 7:50 of the first period, but the lead was short-lived. Andrei Kostitsyn at 9:15 and Mathieu Darche took the Canadiens first lead, 2-1, at 13:28.

“We had some plays we were trying to force a little too much instead of trying to keep it simple and chip it in and get our forecheck going,” Moulson said. “They’re a really good transition team. They have a lot of guys that are good offensively and once we started chipping (pucks) in again and got back to our game, we started to get some pressure back.”

Showing resiliency is something the Islanders have demonstrated more and more lately. To go on and lose the game without earning a point or two is unacceptable, according to the Isles.

“They were up by two goals and we came back and tied it,” Rolston said. “We showed some resilience coming back for sure, but it’s not good enough. We can talk about having games in hand all day long, but we have to win these games and we have to be better.”

Bailey added, “We have to find a way. These are important games. These are teams we need to start passing and gaining ground in the standings. It’s a tough loss.”

scoring summary
1st Period
07:50
NYI
Matt Moulson (15) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (19)
1 - 0 NYI
09:15
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (9) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (19), Tomas Kaberle (12)
1 - 1 Tie
13:28
MTL
Mathieu Darche (2) ASST: Petteri Nokelainen (2), Yannick Weber (7)
2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:31
MTL
PPG - Erik Cole (11) ASST: David Desharnais (13), P.K. Subban (11)
3 - 1 MTL
05:18
NYI
Josh Bailey (3) ASST: Brian Rolston (4), Mike Mottau (1)
3 - 2 MTL
11:28
NYI
John Tavares (10) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (20), David Ullstrom (2)
3 - 3 Tie
13:45
MTL
Petteri Nokelainen (2) ASST: Lars Eller (7), Mike Cammalleri (10)
4 - 3 MTL
19:09
MTL
EN - Hal Gill (1) ASST: David Desharnais (14), Max Pacioretty (11)
5 - 3 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:40
MTL
Lars Eller  Interference against  Travis Hamonic
04:56
NYI
Mark Streit  Hooking against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
06:24
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Tripping against  Petteri Nokelainen
09:10
MTL
Hal Gill  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:52
NYI
David Ullstrom  Too many men/ice - bench
15:05
MTL
Louis Leblanc  Interference on goalkeeper against  Al Montoya
15:05
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Roughing against  Louis Leblanc
18:36
NYI
Matt Martin  Boarding against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Al Montoya
SA: 28TOI: 59:51
Saves: 24EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
12-8-7
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1
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