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The Montreal Canadiens tend to have little trouble with the New York Islanders.
Lately, most opponents have enjoyed facing the Islanders - especially when hosting them.
The Canadiens look to continue their dominance of last-place New York when they conclude the season series Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Montreal (28-32-12) is 14-2-4 over its last 20 meetings with the Islanders (28-32-11), winning seven of 10 matchups at home with all three defeats coming after regulation.
That dominance continued Feb. 9 on Long Island, as Max Pacioretty netted a hat trick in a 4-2 victory as the Canadiens improved to 2-1-0 in the season series.
That success is one thing keeping Montreal from residing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The club leads New York by one point.
The Canadiens have surged out of the cellar by going 3-0-2 in their last five games. They missed out on a point Friday, however, giving up a third-period goal before surrendering another in overtime to lose 2-1 at Ottawa.
Pacioretty is looking to get back on the scoresheet after having his season-high seven-game scoring streak halted by the Senators. The left wing had five goals and seven assists during that stretch, and seems to be in position to start another run.
He has six goals and three assists in nine career meetings with the Islanders, and six of those points have come in the last four.
Tomas Plekanec also thrives against New York, getting 13 goals and 15 assists in the past 20 matchups. That includes at least one point in each of the last 11.
He scored short-handed for the Canadiens' lone goal Friday.
New York is on the brink of matching its season-worst six-game losing streak from Oct. 20-Nov. 3. Opening a five-game road trip doesn't seem like an ideal way to avoid that result, with the Islanders having gone 1-5-2 over their last eight road games.
Their most recent performance isn't likely to inspire much confidence, as they gave up the first three goals before scoring twice late in a 3-2 home defeat to Philadelphia on Thursday. New York held a 31-22 shot advantage, including 11-5 in the final period.
"We had chances but no second opportunities," center John Tavares said. "It's unacceptable."
Tavares continues to be one of the few bright spots for the Isles this season. He has career highs of 31 goals and 39 assists after his goal against the Flyers ran his scoring streak to four games. He has five goals and two assists in that span, finding the net at least once in each contest.
Tavares has three goals and three assists in his last seven meetings with the Canadiens, with a goal in each of his past three visits to Montreal.
Matt Moulson is second to Tavares with 30 goals, and his next one will match his career high set last season. Facing the Canadiens might help, since the left wing has scored in each of the three meetings this season.
Moulson is the first Islander to put together three consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals since Zigmund Palffy from 1995-96 through 1997-98.
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Erik Cole scored a goal on Wednesday night for the Ottowa Senators and couldn’t find any of his teammates to celebrate with. So what did Cole do? He found an outstretched arm of an 18-year veteran official Greg Kimmerly and gave him a high five. Pretty hilarious and you can only imagine what the ref was thinking after it happened.
“He was the only one there, and I had...
The Habs eked out a point last night. That was solely due to the play of Carey Price, who kept the Senators at bay for 50-odd minutes before they tied the game and went on to win 2-1. The Habs were without Andrei Markov (it’s not the knee, it’s upper body, we swear…yeah, sure), Tomas Kaberle, and the regulars who have been out all season. I give Randy Cunneyworth credit, he...
Erik Cole is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and he showed off that speed on Wednesday as he flew down the ice to bang a goal home. He was so fast down the ice there wasn't anyone there to celebrate his goal with right away so he did the next best thing: high-five the ref.
I love it!
Here are the Islander headlines for Friday, March 16.
Flyers 3, Islanders 2 - New York Islanders
Flyers Top Islanders 3-2 for 7th Straight win in 8 Games - Associated Press
Islanders’ Rally Comes up Short - Newsday
Bryz Loses Streak But Flyers Beat Islanders to Stay ‘on Right Path’ - Philadelphia Daily News
Moulson & Martin Post 3-2 Isles Loss - Hockeybuzz
Bruce Ratner, co-owner of the Nets and head of Forest City Ratner, made a surprise appearance on the Islanders telecast to discuss the Islanders game in Brooklyn.
“The Islanders need to stay in New York,” Ratner told Howie Rose during the first intermission.
The Barclays Center will host a preseason game in October between the Islanders and New Jersey Devils. Fans and media...
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...
In Thursday night NHL action from Long Island, NHL referee Stephane Auger took an accidental stick in the face from New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
It happened in the third period as MacDonald checked Philadelphia Flyers center Zac Rinaldo into the boards behind the Islanders net. MacDonald spun to chase the puck and his stick went flying into the air, catching...
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Tonight the Islanders will take on the Montreal Canadiens north of the border. The Islanders will be looking to snap a five game losing streak.
The Islanders will start Al Montoya tonight in net. It will be the first game action for Montoya since February 20 and his first start since February 16. Capuano also said that Steve...
Wel, well, well. Jack Capuano finally decided to blow the dust off of Al Montoya. He starts tonight in Montreal.
Steve Staois and Jay Pandolfo (the Isles Masterdon Trophy nominee) are both scratched tonight.
Jack told Newsday's fill-in reporter that he may be shifting Nino around a little, but that there won't be TOO many line changes. Bring him up to second Jack...
The Islanders are back in action tonight when they’ll host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Coliseum.
New York has won two of the four matchups these teams have had against each other. The Flyers downed the Isles 6-3 two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Center. The Islanders took an early 1-0 lead, but the Flyers managed to take the lead in the first and added four more goals after...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, • Whoever takes over as GM of the Montreal Canadiens — assuming Pierre Gauthier’s reign is nearing an end — has the difficult task of signing RFA goalie Carey Price. He is making $3 million this season, but is going to be earning in the $5.5-million to $6-million range once the dust settles.
Price has the right to arbitration so he...
Currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators have held their own against most teams in the league.
The Montreal Canadiens, however, have surprisingly had their number.
Ottawa tries to avoid a fourth loss in five meetings with Montreal this season as the teams conclude a home-and-home set Friday night at Scotiabank Place.
While most teams in the Senators'...
Ottawa's Erik Karlsson pins Montreal Canadien David Desharnais horizontally on the boards before gently placing him back on his skates. Yeah David Desharnais only weighs 177 pounds but,...
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If you don't think that every game means something to either New York Islander or New York Ranger prospects then ask the players of 9th-ranked Denver about that.
Denver which has the New York Islander's 2011 second round pick Scott Mayfield on the roster was 5 minutes away from being upset at the WCHA's Final Five by Michigan Tech.
A loss in this game could'...