June 4, 2020

Winnipeg
20° C, Fair

Full Forecast

Help us deliver reliable news during this pandemic.

We are working tirelessly to bring you trusted information about COVID-19. Support our efforts by subscribing today.

No Thanks Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

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

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 14/3/2019 (447 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiiss, left, makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, upper right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiiss, left, makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, upper right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, 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.

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.

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)

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)

"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.

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

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.


More AP NHL: www.apnews.com/NHL and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.

To those who have made donations, thank you.

To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.

The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.

After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.

If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.

We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.

The Free Press would like to thank our readers for their patience while comments were not available on our site. We're continuing to work with our commenting software provider on issues with the platform. In the meantime, if you're not able to see comments after logging in to our site, please try refreshing the page.

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us