NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Islanders |
(Thursday, December 7th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu netted two power-play goals and
added an assist, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the New
York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Michael Ryder and Sheldon Souray each added two assists and Cristobal Huet
made 25 saves for the Habs, who ended a two-game slide.
"I thought the team played a consistent defensive game and that's something
we've been looking for a long time now," said Koivu. "We know we can score
some goals, that consistency is something we've been looking for."
Rick DiPietro, who missed one game for New York with a lower body injury,
returned between the pipes and allowed four goals on 36 shots.
"We just have to continue to get better," said DiPietro. "I made some
lackadaisical mistakes that cost us, but those are the things we have to
tighten up on."
Arron Asham and Mike Sillinger scored for the Islanders, who have lost their
last two games.
The Isles struck first as Asham scored his fourth goal of the season just 1:25
after the opening faceoff.
The Canadiens responded with the game's next three goals to take control.
Montreal evened the score at 1-1 after Craig Rivet scored at the 5:36 mark of
the first. Rivet controlled the puck at the point and skated to the left
circle. From there, Rivet quickly snapped a wrister and the disc deflected off
an Islander defender in front and past DiPietro.
The Habs went up 2-1 after Guillaume Latendresse scored with 30 seconds
remaining in the first. Souray's shot from the point was stopped but
Latendresse pounced on the rebound in front and fired the puck past DiPietro.
Montreal increased its lead to 3-1 after Koivu scored a power-play goal 6:51
into the second stanza. Ryder's wrist shot from the slot trickled through the
pads of DiPietro and with the puck not over the goal line, Koivu pushed the
disc over the line for his ninth tally of the season.
A little over two minutes later, the Islanders made it a 3-2 contest after
Sillinger scored on the man advantage for New York at 8:53 of the second.
Koivu's second power-play of the contest gave the Canadiens their two-goal
lead back 5:10 into the final frame. Ryder's shot from the right circle was
stopped, but Koivu banged the rebound home from in front.
New York had some chances the rest of the contest but Huet stood tall making
12 saves in the third period.
Koivu has 10 goals and 17 assists on the season...The Habs went 2-for-6 on the
power play while the Isles went 1-for-5 on the man advantage...Montreal
defenseman Janne Niinimaa left the game in the first period after a puck hit
him in the face. After getting stitches, he returned to action in the second
and played the remainder of the game.
12/08 00:02:33 ET