NEW YORK -- A pair of teams looking to carry their recent momentum into the All-Star Break square off Thursday night when the New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center.
The Islanders (20-17-9) won for the fourth time in five games Tuesday, when four players scored in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canadiens (29-13-7) also won Tuesday, when they extended their points streak to three games by knocking off the Calgary Flames 5-1.
The win over the Blue Jackets began a three-game stretch in which the Islanders face the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. New York, which hosts the Washington Capitals in the first game back from the All-Star Break on Tuesday, is trying to get back into the wild card race after spending most of the season mired in last place in the East.
Interim coach Doug Weight, who is 3-0-1 at the helm since taking over for the fired Jack Capuano on Jan. 17, said he sensed renewed energy from the Islanders during Tuesday's victory.
"I felt like we were a very confident team today," Weight said. "Even when (the Blue Jackets) scored early (in the first), I felt like we were doing the right thing. Montreal, Washington -- challenge is going to get bigger and bigger as we go here. We just played one of the best three teams that has been in the league in the first half of the season and we did a pretty good job. So we're confident. It's about what we do. We're going to go back to work (Wednesday) and get ready for Thursday."
The Canadiens head to Brooklyn with plenty of confidence as well after outscoring the opposition 10-5 over the last three games. << Read more...
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