- 11:21 MON Phillip Danault; Assists: Shea Weber, Torrey Mitchell
- 14:16 NYI Dennis Seidenberg; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Andrew Ladd
- 17:03 MON Shea Weber (Power Play)
Thomas Greiss was a revelation in this one. The Isles were woefully outplayed in the first two periods, but Greiss kept them in it with one of the best games I've seen him play. It allowed the Isles to even be in it in the third, so don't fault the goaltending for this one.
Still, the Isles ended up with a chance to get a point despite playing just 20 minutes of a 60-minute game. While it would have been nice to steal a point, especially once they tied it late on Dennis Seidenberg's goal, they really didn't deserve it.
Ironically, it was the PK that failed late, when Shea Weber's blast from the point beat Greiss and hit the top shelf. As Butch mentioned on the telecast, the positioning wasn't very good, with Travis Hamonic caught down way too low. I'm sure it's a kill the Isles would have executed very differently, but they got caught chasing, and Montreal made them pay.
No rest for the weary, as the Isles will take on the reigning Stanley Cup champions on Thursday in a game where New York needs a big bounce back effort. Don't be surprised to see the line changes that happened late, including Anthony Beauvillier getting a promotion to the top line, carry over into Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK (AP) Shea Weber's power-play goal with 2:57 remaining lifted the Montreal Canadiens to their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
Paul Byron and Phillip Danault also scored to help Montreal improve to 6-0-1 and remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. Al Montoya, who played for the Islanders from 2010-12, stopped 26 shots in his first start since Oct. 18 as the Canadiens beat New York for the seventh straight time. >> Read more
Next game: The Islanders face the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.