NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Montreal|
(Wednesday, October 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, NY Islanders 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jeff Halpern scored the game-winner as the
Montreal Canadiens took a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders in the opener of
a home-and-home set.
Tomas Plekanec, Halpern and Andrei Kostitsyn each had a goal and an assist for
the Canadiens, who have won three straight and five of six. Carey Price
stopped 18 shots in the win.
"We wanted to come out with a good start and so far that has been the case,"
said Price. "We're kind of doing this in segments. Every five games you want
to win a certain amount of games and so far we're doing good."
James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists while Doug Weight had a goal and
an assist for the Islanders, who have dropped their past two games.
Dwayne Roloson took the loss after stopping 30-of-34 shots.
These teams will meet in New York on Friday.
Trailing by two goals to start the third, the Islanders made it a 3-2 game
just 13 seconds into the frame with a power-play goal from John Tavares, his
sixth goal of the year.
The Habs, though, got it back at the 6:56 mark of the frame as Halpern
backhanded the puck on a rush from the left circle and it hit off of Mark
Eaton in front and got past Roloson.
Benoit Pouliot was hauled down on a breakaway just 15 seconds later and was
awarded a penalty shot, but his wrister was easily swallowed up by Roloson to
keep it a two-goal contest.
New York, though, again got to within one as Wisniewski's blast from the
left point was tipped into the net by Weight with 7:04 to play.
The Islanders got Roloson out of the net for the extra attacker late in the
game, but Kostitsyn put the puck into the open net to seal the win.
"They created turnovers and capitalized on those turnovers," Roloson said.
"They played their game plan."
Mathieu Darche opened the scoring for Montreal at the 13:19 mark of the first
period and Travis Moen scored a shorthander with 2:06 to play in the first for
a 2-0 lead.
Wisniewski notched a goal on the power play with 44 second left in the opening
stanza and Plekanec's goal at the 7:33 mark of the second was the only goal of
the middle stanza.
Montreal took three of four from the Islanders last season with the Habs' only
loss coming in a shootout...New York went 2-for-4 on the power play while
Montreal was 0-for-3 on the man advantage...Kostitsyn has five goals in his
past five games...Wisniewski has points in all seven games he's played this
season, totaling two goals and nine assists.
10/28 02:09:34 ET