NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Islanders|
(Tuesday, January 15th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Tomas Plekanec scored two goals to lead the
Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau
Cristobal Huet made 17 saves for the Canadiens, who have won three of their
last four games. Huet improved to 6-1-1 in his last eight starts and Alex
Kovalev netted an empty-net goal in the victory.
Richard Park scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who saw their two-game
win streak halted. Rick DiPietro allowed two goals on 21 shots in the losing
effort. This marked only the third time in the last 13 games that the
Islanders failed to register a point (7-3-3).
"Tonight was a bit of a letdown, but we battled hard and made it close," said
The only goal of the opening period was scored by Plekanec at the 13:49 mark.
He gained control of the puck inside the Montreal offensive zone and faked a
wrist shot from the low slot to give himself room to work with on the
forehand. Plekanec then moved to his left and fired a slap shot past DiPietro.
"It was a bouncy puck," said Plekanec. "I skated with the puck, tried to fake
a shot, then made a move and shot it in the net."
Plekanec struck again in the second period, this time while the Habs were
short-handed. With Sergei Kostitsyn in the penalty box for hooking, the
Islanders produced several scoring chances but failed to cash in. Near the end
of the two-minute minor, Montreal gained a 2-on-1 and Plekanec moved across
the blue line with Kovalev on his left. From near the outside of the right
circle, he lit the lamp at 5:35.
New York's lone goal cut its deficit in half with 9:04 remaining in
regulation. Bill Guerin fired a soft wrist shot from the right half-wall and
Huet made the save, but the puck squirted loose in the crease area and Park
was in front to poke it home. The goal was reviewed to determine if perhaps
Park had used his skate to direct the puck into the net, but it stood.
The Isles did not seriously threaten throughout the remainder of regulation
and Kovalev's goal into the empty cage inside the final minute capped the
"We didn't give them any chances -- defensively, we played a lot better," said
Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek. "Our intensity was good and we made good
decisions. We were well-prepared and we executed very well."
The Islanders fell to 13-8-2 on home ice this season...Montreal will complete
its current four-game road trip in Atlanta on Thursday...The Habs have won
three straight games overall against the Isles...Plekanec now has 16 goals in
2007-08... New York, which registered only one shot on goal in the first
period, did not score on its only power-play chance while the Habs were 0-
for-2 with the extra skater...The contest was completed in a swift 2 hours, 12
minutes...Attendance was 11,439.
01/15 23:48:10 ET