NHL Game Summary - Montreal vs. NY Islanders
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Montreal 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Parrish scored the eventual game-winner late in the second period, as the New York Islanders earned a hard-fought, 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum.
Oleg Kvasha and Jason Blake also scored for the Isles, who snapped a two-game skid that followed a three-game winning streak. Garth Snow was excellent in net, stopping 28-of-29 shots in the victory.
Jose Theodore also played well, stopping 23 shots for Montreal. Andreas Dackell scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have won just once in the last six games (1-4-1), and lost their fifth straight to the Islanders in New York.
With 8:50 to play in the first, the Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Kvasha's fifth goal of the season. He pounded home a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff dot that deflected off Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray and through Theodore's pads for the goal.
After a mad flurry of Montreal scoring attempts with less than three minutes gone in the second, Arron Asham settled down the puck behind his own net. But Mike Ribeiro snuck in and stole the puck, wheeled around and hit Dackell with a pass in the slot. Dackell didn't miss from there, knotting the game at one.
Theodore made an incredible save later in the period, stopping Trent Hunter on a point blank one-time shot with a little over seven minutes left. He flashed his right pad to cover an open net, preserving the tie for the moment.
That wouldn't last long, though, as Souray was battling Parrish in front less than five minutes later when Michael Peca put a puck on net. The shot died in front, and when Souray let Parrish go to find the puck, Parrish corralled it and put it past a flailing Theodore.
The Canadiens couldn't get the equalizer in the third. Montreal put just five shots on Snow in the stanza, and Blake ended the contest with an empty-netter with 41 seconds remaining.
The Minnesota Wild claimed center Jason Wiemer off waivers from the Islanders. The move was primarily a salary-related move, as general manager Mike Milbury has been ordered to trim $7 million in payroll...This was the opener of a five-game road trip for Montreal...The Isles begin a four-game road trip on Saturday in Nashville...The win evened the season series between the teams at one game apiece. The Canadiens posted a 3-0 victory over the Isles on October 23 at Bell Centre...New York is 7-2-0 at home.
11/13 21:43:27 ET