Bailey's shootout goal leads Isles past Canadiens

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 17, 2012
Josh Bailey scored the shootout winner to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Mark Streit and Frans Nielsen scored in regulation for the Islanders, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Al Montoya stopped 28 shots. Aaron Palushaj scored his first NHL goal and Louis Leblanc added another one for Montreal. Peter Budaj made 36 saves. It was a tense shootout that needed six rounds to decide the winner. Nielsen and Montreal's David Desharnais in the first round, then the Canadiens' Rene Bourque and the Islanders' Matt Moulson put the puck in the net in the fourth round. Bailey put the game away when he cut in front of the crease, waited out Budaj and then fired the puck past him. Palushaj opened the scoring at 2:53 of the first period. He took a feed from Petteri Nokelainen and backhanded a shot from the goal line past Montoya for his first goal in 32 NHL games. Budaj kept the Islanders at bay for the rest of the period and early in the second with key saves on Bailey and Moulson from in close. Streit got the Islanders on the board early on the power play at 2:00 of the second. The former Canadiens defenseman picked up Montreal's clearing attempt from behind his own net and skated down the ice before going five-hole on Budaj. Nielsen put the New York ahead 2-1 late in the period. With Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov caught pinching, Nielsen broke out on a 2-on-1 before sniping one over Budaj's left shoulder at 16:05. Leblanc nearly got the tying goal late in the second when Montoya came well out of his crease to play the puck. The Canadiens rookie had a shot from the left of the net but was denied by Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who went down for the block. He prevailed on his second chance at 3:38 of the third when P.K. Subban set him up with a perfect pass in the slot. Leblanc lifted a backhander into the net from the slot for his fourth of the season. Notes: Andrei Markov returned to the Canadiens' lineup after missing Friday's game with an upper-body injury. ... Upper-body injuries kept D Tomas Kaberle and C Scott Gomez out of the lineup for a second and third straight night, respectively. F Blake Geoffrion and D Frederic St-Denis were healthy scratches. ... The Islanders scratched veterans Steve Staios and Jay Pandolfo. ... Palushaj's goal was the first by a Canadiens player wearing No. 60 since goaltender Jose Theodore scored into an empty net on Jan. 2, 2001.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Wolves targeting Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, other point guards in free agency

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Conor McGregor’s coach says tentative plans include a return to UFC in 2017

Report: Mets open for business on the trade market

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Jimmy Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

St. Louis Cardinals to hold first LGBTQ Pride Night

John Mara: Extending Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t team’s No. 1 priority

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets swap Artemi Panarin, Brandon Saad

Matt Forte expected to be ‘offensive workhorse’ for Jets?

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker