UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders have been successful this season thanks largely to stalwart protection and powerful goaltending. A well timed purpose from their captain additionally proved large for his or her playoff push in one other shut victory.
Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking purpose late within the third interval and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 pictures because the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night time.
Defenseman Adam Pelech additionally scored his fifth purpose of the season within the second interval to assist the Islanders win for the fourth time in 5 video games to stay two factors behind first-place Washington within the Metropolitan Division. New York has 12 video games remaining, yet one more than the Capitals.
“It is so essential to get these two factors particularly towards a workforce like Montreal,” stated the 24-year-old Pelech, who has had a breakout marketing campaign on the blue line with 17 factors. “We had loads of guys who stepped up tonight and Greisser performed an amazing recreation.”
Jordie Benn had the tying purpose for Montreal late within the second, and Carey Value completed with 36 saves.
Lee transformed on a 2-on-1 with Matthew Barzal for his team-leading 25th purpose of the season with 2:57 remaining. Lee waited patiently for Barzal to cross him the puck on the fringe of the left circle earlier than whipping it previous Value. Lee, who grew to become the workforce’s captain this season following the departure of John Tavares, has seven objectives within the final 13 video games. Barzal’s help was his team-leading 39th.
“That is the form of hockey and tight video games we’ll see the remainder of the way in which,” Lee stated. “These are the tight video games it’s important to have.”
The Islanders adopted up their shutout win over division-rival Columbus on Monday with one other stable defensive efficiency towards the speedy Canadiens.
“We obtained an opportunity within the third and we buried it,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated.
After a scoreless first interval, Pelech put the Islanders forward at 1:20 of the second. Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd assisted.
Benn tied it with 1:50 left within the center interval when his shot from the left level eluded Greiss. Paul Byron and Nate Thompson assisted on Benn’s fifth of the season.
The groups performed a brisk playoff-type recreation with each Griess and Value making acrobatic saves at each ends. The Islanders outshout the Canadiens 15-9 within the first. The Canadiens had a 16-14 pictures benefit within the second.
The colourful play continued within the third because the groups traded possibilities earlier than Lee’s heroics.
The Islanders are 27-10-Three of their final 40 video games and now a season-high 19 video games over .500. They’ve already surpassed final season’s win and level whole once they missed the playoffs for the second straight time.
This season beneath Trotz they’re vying for a home-ice benefit to begin the postseason. Trotz likes what he sees with simply over three weeks left within the common season.
“We’re exhibiting poise,” stated Trotz, who coached the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup final spring. “Within the playoffs, work ethic and endurance are the distinction.”
The Canadiens are battling Columbus for the second wild card spot within the convention. They had been coming off Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Detroit at house wherein Value grew to become the winningest goalie in Canadiens historical past with victory 315.
“We performed a workforce that seemed like they’re prepared for the playoffs. We had alternatives. Ultimately it was disappointing,” Value stated. “It is a studying expertise. We’ve to maneuver on.”
NOTES: The Islanders continued to battle on the facility play, failing to transform on two possibilities. They’re now zero for 22 with the person benefit of their previous 10 video games. … The Islanders are actually 10-5-2 at Nassau Coliseum. They had been 12-6-2 at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn this season … The groups meet once more March 21 at Montreal. … The Islanders had been with out D Johnny Boychuk for the second straight recreation since he was injured towards Philadelphia final Saturday. … The Islanders scratched F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Michael Dal Colle, F Ross Johnston and D Luca Sbisa … Montreal scratched F Dale Weise, F Charles Hudon, F Nicolas Deslauriers, F Matthew Peca and D Mike Reilly.
Islanders: At Detroit on Saturday.
Canadiens: Host Chicago on Saturday.
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