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SportsLee's late goal lifts Islanders to 2-1 win over Canadiens

08:50  15 march  2019
08:50  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Derek Ryan broke the tie late in the 3rd period and Eddie Lack made 25 saves as the Hurricanes held on to down the Coyotes, 2 - 1 .

Lee's late goal lifts Islanders to 2-1 win over Canadiens© Provided by thecanadianpress.com New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) celebrates with his teammates after winning an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders have been winning this season thanks largely to stalwart defence and strong goaltending. A timely goal from their captain also proved huge for their playoff push in another close victory.

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots as the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night.

Islanders beat Senators in shootout for Trotz's 800th win

Islanders beat Senators in shootout for Trotz's 800th win UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the shootout and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night, giving coach Barry Trotz his 800th win. Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders recover after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period and snap a two-game skid. Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period. Thomas Greiss came on, stopped both shots he faced through overtime and denied Thomas Chabot and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.

John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 1 :51 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens . Price stopped 19 shots as the Canadiens fell to 2 -0- 2 in their last four games. " I thought we were the better team," said Montreal coach Claude Julien.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. Kane connected on the Blackhawks' third power play of the first and cut it to 2 - 1 as he beat Price from the right circle with a screened shot on the short side

Defenceman Adam Pelech also scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period to help the Islanders win for the fourth time in five games to remain two points behind first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. New York has 12 games remaining, one more than the Capitals.

"It's so important to get these two points especially against a team like Montreal," said the 24-year-old Pelech, who has had a breakout campaign on the blue line with 17 points. "We had plenty of guys who stepped up tonight and Greisser played a great game."

Jordie Benn had the tying goal for Montreal late in the second, and Carey Price finished with 36 saves.

Lee converted on a 2-on-1 with Matthew Barzal for his team-leading 25th goal of the season with 2:57 remaining. Lee waited patiently for Barzal to pass him the puck at the edge of the left circle before whipping it past Price. Lee, who became the team's captain this season following the departure of John Tavares, has seven goals in the last 13 games. Barzal's assist was his team-leading 39th.

Islanders beat Senators in shootout for Trotz's 800th win

Islanders beat Senators in shootout for Trotz's 800th win UNIONDALE, N.Y. - After giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, the New York Islanders were relieved to get the win in the shootout. Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the tiebreaker and the Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night, giving coach Barry Trotz his 800th win. Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders snap a two-game skid. "A little bit of an ugly third period for us, but we found a way at the end," Lee said. "Right now, the two points is the biggest thing." Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots before leaving with an injury late in the third period.

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with Ryan Dzingel, left, and Matt Duchene during first period NHL

Max Domi scored two goals for the Canadiens , who were beaten in regulation for the first time in six games. Joel Armia had the other goal and Antti Niemi made Armia had put Montreal ahead 2 - 1 with his wraparound goal less than two minutes earlier. Domi extended his point streak to five games and

"This is the kind of hockey and tight games we're going to see the rest of the way," Lee said. "These are the tight games you have to have."

The Islanders followed up their shutout win over division-rival Columbus on Monday with another solid defensive performance against the speedy Canadiens.

"We got a chance in the third and we buried it," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.

After a scoreless first period, Pelech put the Islanders ahead at 1:20 of the second. Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd assisted.

Benn tied it with 1:50 left in the middle period when his shot from the left point eluded Greiss. Paul Byron and Nate Thompson assisted on Benn's fifth of the season.

The teams played a brisk playoff-type game with both Griess and Price making acrobatic saves at both ends. The Islanders outshout the Canadiens 15-9 in the first. The Canadiens had a 16-14 shots advantage in the second.

Lee's late goal lifts Islanders to 2-1 win over Canadiens© Provided by thecanadianpress.com New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) skates against Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The vibrant play continued in the third as the teams traded chances before Lee's heroics.

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Max Domi scored two goals for the Canadiens , who were beaten in regulation for the first time in six games. Joel Armia had the other goal and Antti Niemi made Armia had put Montreal ahead 2 - 1 with his wraparound goal less than two minutes earlier. Domi extended his point streak to five games and

Anders Lee , Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders (31-35-10). Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for the win . "It was a good win ." Trailing 2 - 1 , the Islanders tied the game in the opening minutes of the second as Beauvillier chipped the puck past Condon with Jordan Eberle in

The Islanders are 27-10-3 in their last 40 games and now a season-high 19 games over .500. They have already surpassed last season's win and point total when they missed the playoffs for the second straight time.

This season under Trotz they are vying for a home-ice advantage to start the post-season. Trotz likes what he sees with just over three weeks left in the regular season.

"We're showing poise," said Trotz, who coached the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last spring. "In the playoffs, work ethic and patience are the difference."

The Canadiens are battling Columbus for the second wild card spot in the conference. They were coming off Tuesday's 3-1 win over Detroit at home in which Price became the winningest goalie in Canadiens history with victory 315.

"We played a team that looked like they're ready for the playoffs. We had opportunities. In the end it was disappointing," Price said. "It's a learning experience. We have to move on."

NOTES: The Islanders continued to struggle on the power play, failing to convert on two chances. They are now 0 for 22 with the man advantage in their past 10 games. ... The Islanders are now 10-5-2 at Nassau Coliseum. They were 12-6-2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this season ... The teams meet again March 21 at Montreal. ... The Islanders were without D Johnny Boychuk for the second straight game since he was injured against Philadelphia last 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.

UP NEXT

Islanders: At Detroit on Saturday.

Canadiens: Host Chicago on Saturday.

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