Montreal at New York

Roloson stifles Habs; Isles win third straight


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders are no longer the pushovers they appeared to be a week or so ago.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 37 shots, and four Islanders had goals in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night that stretched New York's winning streak to three.

Blake Comeau, Michael Grabner, P.A. Parenteau and James Wisniewski all scored for the Islanders, who tied their longest winning streak of the season and extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1).

"We talked as a group that we have to move forward. I think we did that," said Parenteau, who added an assist. "We're playing with a lot of confidence right now."

New York (9-18-6) moved four points ahead of New Jersey, which has the fewest points in the NHL.

The announced attendance was only 3,136 on a snowy night on Long Island. Newsday reported on its website that the NHL turned down the requests of the Islanders and Nassau County to postpone the game.

Tomas Plekanec scored Montreal's only goal. Carey Price made 21 saves.

"Too many penalties and indiscipline were factors in the game, and not enough intensity in our game," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "The first two goals were direct mistakes. The first one an odd-man rush - we didn't have a third man - and on the second goal, a turnover in the neutral zone."

The Islanders seem to be getting comfortable under interim coach Jack Capuano, who replaced the fired Scott Gordon on Nov. 15.

"It takes a while to get habits of his system out," Wisniewski said of Gordon's style of play. "You can kind of see we're all working together, working on the same page, and there's not as many breakdowns."

Comeau opened the scoring 11:04 in with his eighth goal. He gathered a pass from Rob Schremp at the blue line, bore down on Price before deking him, and then beat the goalie low to the glove side.

"Right off the bat, we knew with the storm it was going to be a hard crowd for us," Parenteau said. "When you get the first goal, it changes everything."

There was a lengthy video review midway through the second period on an apparent goal by John Tavares. Price had misplayed the puck behind his net and turned it over to Parenteau. Parenteau passed to Matt Moulson, who drove to the net, and the rebound came to Tavares in the slot for a stuff attempt.

Price and Josh Georges stretched out across the goal line, and an official waved off the goal. The review was inconclusive.

The Islanders eventually took a 2-0 lead with 1:42 remaining in the second when Grabner made a move similar to Comeau's.

New York then put the game away during a 5-minute power play after Montreal's Max Pacioretty boarded Mark Eaton 1:29 into the third period. Pacioretty was also ejected from the game.

He was remorseful following the game.

"I remember going in on the forecheck," Pacioretty said. "I thought he would be turning up to me, but it didn't turn out that way. It's a fast game. Sometimes you make mistakes, and I definitely made a mistake there that hurt our team and obviously hurt that player.

"I'm disappointed with what happened and I wish I could take that back."

The Islanders connected twice during the advantage. Parenteau's seventh of the season came 32 seconds into the power play, and Wisniewski made it 4-0 2:22 later.

"We gave them a couple of easy breaks and then penalties - the big one and a bunch of others. It's discouraging," Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill said. "There are some areas we need to be better, but sometimes it's just making the little bounces go your way.

"We have to pick up that little edge."


  • The Islanders also won three straight from Oct. 16-21 during their 4-1-2 start.
  • New York went 2 for 8 on the power play, giving the team six man-advantage goals in seven games after going 0 for 39 in the previous 12.
  • Price has lost four of his past six outings. He allowed at least three goals in all but one of those appearances.
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New York's Michael Grabner celebrates after scoring past Montreal goalie Carey Price. (AP)
New York's Michael Grabner celebrates after scoring past Montreal goalie Carey Price. (AP)
Montreal (20-14-2)0011
NY Islanders  (9-18-6) «1124
Three Stars
D. Roloson

Saves: 38
Save Pct.: .974
J. Wisniewski

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
P. Parenteau

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
11:04 - Blake Comeau (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Schremp, Eaton
18:18 - Michael Grabner (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nielsen
02:02Power Play - P.A. Parenteau (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Wisniewski, Nielsen
04:22Power Play - James Wisniewski (3), Slap Shot. Assist: MacDonald, Parenteau
07:51 - Tomas Plekanec (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kostitsyn, Cammalleri
Penalty Summary
04:29Gomez, 2 min, Cross-Checking
12:49Kostitsyn, 2 min, Tripping
19:24Hamrlik, 2 min, Interference
04:35Comeau, 2 min, Cross-Checking
04:35Lapierre, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
09:00Tavares, 2 min, Hooking
11:55Cammalleri, 2 min, Slashing
01:29Pacioretty, 5 min, Boarding
01:29Pacioretty, 10 min, Game Misconduct
03:46Gomez, 2 min, Tripping
12:27Jurcina, 2 min, Boarding
18:59Eller, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Carey Price60:00214
Dwayne Roloson59:44381
Game Information
Attendance - 3136
Referees - Chris Rooney, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Scott Cherrey
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