As Expected- Canadiens 4 Islanders 2
The New York Islanders benefited from a sensational performance by Evgeni Nabokov on Tuesday night. Tonight Carey Price stole the show, and two points for the Montreal Canadiens.
Price continued his stellar play with 31 saves and Max Pacioretty scored his first career hat-trick as the Canadiens won their third straight game, 4-2 over the Islanders.
The game started with an all too disturbing trend for the Islanders. For the 11th time this season, an opponent’s first shot on goal found the back of the net. At 1:23 of the first period, Pacioretty gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with a snap shot over Nabokov’s right shoulder. Nabokov was coming off his best performance of the season, a 45 save shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Pacioretty doubled the score to 2-0 putting home a one-timer through Nabokov at 9:30 of the second period. The Islanders took 14 shots in the second period, but Price allowed nothing.
Scott Gomez, mired in a year goal-less slump, made it 3-0 in the third period, when he scored for the first time since February 5, 2011. Former Islander Chris Campoli had the assist on Gomez’s power-play tally.
With three minutes remaining, Matt Moulson broke nearly an eight-period scoreless streak for the Isles with his 24th goal of the season, on the power-play. P.A Parenteau and John Tavares had assists.
Under a minute later, Mark Streit brought the Islanders to 3-2, but were unable to find an equalizer. With .1 seconds remaining, Pacioretty scored an empty-netter to seal the victory and his first hat-trick of his young career.
The Islanders found their legs 57 minutes into the game, unfortunately Montreal found three goals before that happened.