NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders won't have to wait long for a chance at redemption against the Montreal Canadiens.
But even a resounding win Friday night may be too little and too late to undo the damage the Islanders continued to suffer Wednesday.
The Islanders and Canadiens will oppose each other for the second time in as many games Friday night, when the two teams square off at Barclays Center. Host Montreal earned the win in the opener of the home-and-home Wednesday when it beat New York 3-1.
The loss dealt another damaging blow to the playoff hopes of the Islanders (29-28-7), whose fourth straight loss (0-3-1) dropped them four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
The low-scoring defeat added another layer of frustration to a trying stretch for the Islanders, who have allowed the most goals in the NHL (228) but whose current 3-6-2 streak features three losses in which they fell despite allowing three goals or fewer.
"We're playing some good games, we're doing the right things, it's just not enough right now," right winger Anthony Beauvillier told Newsday afterward. "We're not scoring as many goals as we used to. It's hard explaining it, actually. Everyone's thinking a little too much. It's mental. Everyone's trying to find their game."<< Read more
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