NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Montreal
(Thursday, February 5th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, NY Islanders 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder's third-period goal was the difference as the Montreal Canadiens skated past the New York Islanders, 2-1, at the Bell Centre.
Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Canadiens, who have won three games in a row and four of the last five. Jose Theodore turned aside 27 shots for the win.
Justin Papineau scored the lone New York goal as the Islanders failed to earn a point for the first time in seven games (4-1-1-1). Garth Snow made 36 saves in a losing effort.
After a scoreless second period that saw the teams combine for 29 shots, Ryder broke a 1-1 tie 8:46 into the third. Ryder cut down the right wing and took a feed from Saku Koivu to get past Adrian Aucoin, and then went short-side to beat Snow for his 15th goal of the campaign.
"It was 1-1 going into the third. We would've taken that coming into the game," said Snow. "Just one little breakdown, and it was in the net."
The Islanders didn't muster much offense in the third period, managing just five shots on Theodore.
Montreal got on the board first with Ribeiro's 15th goal of the season 7:40 into the opening stanza. Ribeiro took a rebound of a Sheldon Souray point shot and skated behind the net before banking one in off the back of a fallen Snow for the power-play goal.
"Yeah, I meant to do that," said Ribeiro. "I think Snow thought I was going around the net, and I knew he was going away from his post so I tried to bank it off him, and it worked."
Papineau evened the scored with the extra attacker less than nine minutes later. The Isles' Kenny Jonsson found Papineau streaking through the middle as he skated between the Montreal defense to beat Theodore low for his sixth of the year.
In the second period, the Habs recorded 16 shots compared to 13 for New York, but both goalies were equal to the task.
Montreal was 1-for-5 on the power play, while New York scored one goal in three chances with the extra skater...The assist for Koivu was his 24th of the year, while Souray recorded his 20th assist of the season, good for fourth on the team.
02/06 00:38:24 ET