NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Islanders|
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Montreal 4, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Steve Begin had two goals, as Montreal
downed the New York Islanders, 4-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has
alternated losses and wins over its last six contests. Mathieu Dandenault and
Bryan Smolinski each recorded two assists, while Cristobal Huet turned aside
Mike Comrie tallied the lone goal for the Islanders, who had a two-game
winning streak and their streak of games decided by one goal broken. New York
became the first team in NHL history to play seven straight games that were
decided by one goal in regulation time. They were 5-2-0 in those contests.
Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 33 shots in the loss.
"We just didn't have it tonight for whatever reason," said Islanders coach Ted
Nolan. "We got out of the gate real slow, we weren't sharp, we gave away that
first goal, the power play wasn't clicking. There are going to be days when
things just don't work and today was one of them."
A costly miscue behind DiPietro led to Begin giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead
56 seconds into the contest. Andy Sutton and Bryan Berard got their wires
crossed and Smolinski intercepted the puck. Smolinski threw the puck out front
and Begin finished the play by drilling a snap shot from the left circle over
The first period featured 25 shots on goal with 13 coming from the Canadiens.
In the middle stanza, Montreal scored two goals in a span of 64 seconds to
extend its lead to 3-0.
Higgins used a power move around Chris Campoli and drove to the net, but
Berard inadvertently flicked the puck over DiPietro at the 6:14 mark. The goal
came one second after a tripping penalty to Trent Hunter had expired.
Then Begin streaked into the attacking zone, pulled up at the top of the right
circle, and wristed the puck over the glove of DiPietro.
Plekanec's power-play goal with 6:38 remaining in the second made it 4-0.
Plekanec started the play by throwing the puck to Patrice Brisebois at the
left point. Brisebois passed the puck down low to Alex Kovalev at the right
corner, and he zipped a feed through the crease that Plekanec tipped behind
Late in the second, Mike Komisarek was assessed a double minor for high-
sticking, giving New York a 5-on-3 man-advantage for 39 seconds. The Islanders
failed to score and Komisarek's penalty carried over to the third, but New
York came away empty-handed.
Comrie broke the shutout with 3:50 remaining in the third when his wrister
from the bottom of the left circle beat Huet on the stick-side.
"It's secondary, like a bonus," said Huet, commenting on just missing a
shutout. "I'll take the win any day."
Montreal has won seven of 11 and eight of the 13 meetings...Montreal improves
to 7-3-1 on the road and New York falls to 7-3-0 at home...New York's Josef
Vasicek had his three-game goal-scoring streak broken...The Canadiens ran
their record to 10-2-3 when scoring first...Attendance was 13,153.
11/21 23:27:21 ET