Canadiens-Islanders Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 04, 2013
The Montreal Canadiens have earned at least one point in 11 straight games, but they missed an opportunity to collect two in their most recent matchup with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens will try to avenge that overtime defeat in Tuesday night's rematch and improve to 2-0-0 on their longest road trip of the season. Montreal (14-4-4) is 8-0-3 in its last 11 games, including a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Feb. 21 in which New York (9-11-2) rallied from an early two-goal deficit. Rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey's only NHL goal and point ended that game. The Canadiens quickly bounced back from that defeat and did the same following another overtime loss this weekend. After falling 7-6 to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Montreal scored two goals in the third period for a 4-3 win at rival Boston the next day to take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. David Desharnais tallied the tiebreaking goal with 10:43 remaining - his second of the game - while Max Pacioretty scored his fourth in three contests in the opener of a five-game trek. "We've given up some leads this season and it's usually from sitting back and being too conservative. That's something we talked a lot about," forward Brandon Prust told the team's official website. "We wanted to keep on them and keep pressuring them and playing in their zone as much as we could and it worked well tonight." Pacioretty, the NHL's first star of the week, has eight goals and six assists over his last nine games and scored twice in the loss to the Islanders. "A lot of this is my teammates and linemates," he said. "They're finding me and they've been doing a lot of the hard work. I think they're getting rewarded as well." Pacioretty has seven goals and an assist in his last six games against New York and recorded his only career hat trick in Montreal's most recent visit to Long Island, a 4-2 win Feb. 9, 2012. New York lost nine of its first 11 at home this season before a 3-2 shootout win over visiting Ottawa on Sunday. An ill John Tavares had the winning shot in the tiebreaker after the Senators pulled even with 1:09 remaining in regulation. "We can do better," coach Jack Capuano said. "This game is over and now we're focused on Montreal for Tuesday. We have to try to be better every day." That could be a challenge Tuesday considering Montreal is 5-0-1 in its last six road games. Carey Price, who could be back in net after Peter Budaj beat the Bruins, is 5-0-1 with a 1.29 goals-against average in opponents' arenas on the season. New York, though, has won five of the last seven meetings with the Canadiens, including two straight. Matt Moulson scored twice on the power play in last month's victory to give him five goals in his last five games in the series. Since that contest, the Islanders are 1 for 15 with the man advantage and haven't scored on their last 11 opportunities. The Canadiens have killed off 20 of their opponents' last 23 power-play chances and seven of eight over the past five games.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: LeBron salutes Toronto fans after Game 6

FIFA Penalizes 7 countries for discriminatory acts

Report: Jets offering Ryan Fitzpatrick 3-year deal for $12M

Ezekiel Elliott bought parents a new house with his first check

Warriors, Thunder taking turns beating each other in the opposite style

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Yoenis Cespedes open to spending rest of career with Mets

Los Angeles Kings reportedly to strip Dustin Brown of captaincy

Report: Sixers to gauge interest in Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel

Rob Ryan echoes brother Rex: ‘Bring Belichick on. We got him’

Wizards will offer Beal max contract

Report: Owners unhappy with Robert Kraft's letter for Brady

WATCH: D’Angelo Russell trolled by Adam Sandler and David Spade

WATCH: LeBron jukes defender, throws down one-handed dunk

Scientists call for Rio Olympics relocation or rescheduling

The biggest questions about the WWE brand split

U.S. Women’s Soccer players demand right to strike over equal pay, as Olympics near

Pat Riley reportedly hates the Dwyane Wade-LeBron James friendship

UEFA Champions League Final: The two Madrids and history in Milan

Memphis newspaper confuses Juwan Howard for David Fizdale

The tale of Kevin Love's inconsistent play

WATCH: Raiders release video promoting move to Las Vegas

Ricky Williams opening marijuana-friendly gym

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

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

How expanded instant replay has hurt the NBA

Best regular-season NBA teams not to win a championship

Every time an NBA team came back from a 3-1 deficit (and what it means for the Warriors)

How disallowed goals can change the course of NHL games

The five most disappointing MLB teams this season

QUIZ: Identify these NHL Hall of Famers by their nicknames

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

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