The New York Islanders displayed their formula for making the playoffs during their past two games.
They recorded a 2-0 shutout against Columbus on Monday, then edged Montreal 2-1 on Thursday.
Not only did they improve their postseason prospects with those low-scoring victories, they also moved without striking distance of the Washington Capitals' lead in the Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders will be seeking their third straight victory and fifth in the last six games when they travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon.
Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining against the Canadiens.
"These are the types of games we're going to see for the rest of the year," Lee said, according to NHL.com. "Even earlier in the season we seemed to be in one-goal games. For the most part, we're used to it. We've settled in. These are the tight games you've got to have."
Goalie Thomas Greiss has been stellar this week, making 64 saves in the two wins, while notching his fifth shutout of the season.
He's gotten a boost from his defensemen, who have kept mistakes to a minimum. They've also made offensive contributions, as a defenseman has scored in four of the last five games.
Against Montreal, Adam Pelech scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period.
"Pelly was outstanding," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's continued to play firm in the defensive zone and is jumping up at the right times and playing with confidence. He's a lot different player than at the start of the year.""
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