The Canadiens again found a way to win by scoring four unanswered goals, including three in the last twenty men and Michel Therrien defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 on Thursday in Uniondale.
The Habs savors first victory of the season against the training as both teams battled for the third and final time in the regular season.
Montreal now shows a record of 14-1-4 in his last 19 games.
100th career point David Desharnais has made all the difference. The No. 51 set the stage brilliantly for Brian Gionta who only had to redirect the puck past Kevin Poulin to score the game-winner.
The Canadian was opportunistic, scoring twice with the man advantage. Michael Ryder scored the first goal of the game midway through the first and PK Subban tied it 2-2 at 10:53 of the second period with a shot from the blue line.
Carey Price made key saves at the end of the second period at a numerical disadvantage. It helped preserve the 2-2 tie after 40 minutes of play New York had the best scoring chances after two engagements, but failed to complete opportunism games.
Lubomir Visnovsky had given the lead for the first time the Islanders at 6:58 of the second period. After a zone input orchestrated by John Tavares and Matt Moulson, the defender has recovered the loose puck to score a gaping net.
After a climb to 3 against 1 the Habs has failed, Tavares took advantage to score his 18th of the season and to 1-1 in the first. The prolific striker Islanders ends meet with two points to bring his total to 33 since the beginning of the season.
The Canadian has avenged his last loss in regulation time which had occurred against the “Islanders” on March 5.
CH acknowledges now a point behind the Penguins atop the standings in the East. The Habs, however, a game in hand. Pittsburgh was inactive Thursday.
Price made 25 saves as his vis-à-vis Kevin Poulin stopped 24 pucks.
Michael Grabner was back in training for New York after missing the last three games of his own. Defenseman Matt Carkner was making a comeback after an absence of 20 games.
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