Islanders Find Flurry of Offense in 4-1 victory over Montreal
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (9-18-6) found a flurry of offense in their 4-1 victory over the high-powered Montreal Canadiens (20-14-2) in hockey action on Sunday night.
New York began their scoring at the 11:04 mark of the first period of play, when Blake Comeau (eight) recorded a 11 foot wrist shot to give the Islanders the 1-0 lead. Comeau who netted the first goal on the game, which was assisted by Rob Schremp (7) and Mark Eaton (2).
The Islanders would get a pretty goal from Michael Grabner (eight) at the 18:18 mark of the second period. Grabner turned on the turbo jets using his speed and a sniper of a shot to give the Islanders the lead. Frans Nielsen (12) was able to get the pass to Grabner who was able to backhand-to-forehand the puck netting the seven foot wrister to complete the pretty play.
In what was a scary moment for Islanders fans the hometown team would go on a major power play in the third period. It was a boarding call by Max Pacioretty, who hit Mark Eaton from behind. Eaton would crash into the boards, would immediately crumple onto the ice in pain.
Eaton would eventually get up, and go into the locker room to be evaluated by the athletic trainers. The wingers’ hit was so fierce that the officials hit him with a game misconduct, giving the Islanders golden time offensively.
New York would take advantage of that power play on a P.A. Parenteau (7) goal, to record the third Islanders goal at the 2:02 mark. Parenteau was able to take the rebounded shot that went off of Prices pads and banged it into the left post of the cage to give New York the 3-0 lead.
The Islanders would continue to cash in on their power play advantage when James Wisniewski (3) tallied a slap shot at the 4:22 mark for the 4-0 lead. The alternate captain was set up by Andrew MacDonald (6) and Parenteau (13).
Montreal would spoil the offensive flurry by the Islanders, as Tomas Plekanec would tally the first Montreal goal. Plekanec would also spoil the shut out bid by Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson, by netting a 23 foot snap shot at the 7:51 mark of the third period to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Islanders.
New York was able to keep the high-powered Habs off the boards for the remainder of the game to hold on to the 4-1 victory. The Islanders have really picked up steam going into the new year, as they have now won three games.
Playing a huge part in the Islanders victory was keeper Dwayne Roloson who finished the night with 38 saves, while on the other side of the ice Carey Price finished with 21 saves for Montreal.
The Islanders will be back in action on Monday night for a 7:00 p.m. face-off at Madison Square Garden, against Metropolitan rival New York Rangers.