New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thursday Apr. 10 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - Bell Centre, Montreal, QC Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.1st Period:
6:00 - No score six minutes into the game. Islanders lead shots 6-2
10:00 - No score midway through the first period. Islanders lead shots 10-3
13:30 - Evgeni Nabokov comes up with a big save as Brian Gionta spins and shoots in the slot. Game is still scoreless.
14:15 - Ryan Strome picks Carey Price's pocket, but can't bury the wraparound. END OF 1ST PERIOD: No score. Islanders lead shots 10-8
2:46 - Brett Gallant and George Parros drop the gloves. Gallant wrestles Parros down to the ice for the win. Both players get fighting majors.
10:52 - Douglas Murray gets five minutes and a game misconduct for hitting Johan Sundstrom from behind. Matt Carkner gets two minutes for roughing and the teams get set to play four-on-four.
11:18 - MTL PP (Kevin Czuczman - Delay of Game) Isles head to their first PK - a 4-on-3 opportunity.
15:06 - NYI PP GOAL! Ryan Strome rips a slap shot over the shoulder of Carey Price, putting the Islanders up 1-0 on the power play. Islanders lead 1-0
18:38 - NYI PP (Thomas Vanek - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PP 1-for-2
19:40 - NYI PP GOAL! Brock Nelson goes upstairs on Price, putting the Islanders up 2-0 with a pair of power-play goals. Islanders lead 2-0. END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders lead 2-0.Islanders Lines:
The Islanders kick off their final road trip of the season tonight in Montreal. The Islanders are looking for their first win over the Habs this season, after going 0-1-1 in the first two meetings this season.
The injury-riddled Islanders were dealt another blow on Tuesday, as Cal Clutterbuck left the game with an upper-body injury. Clutterbuck will not play tonight in Montreal, meaning emergency callup Johan Sundstrom will draw into the lineup. With Sundstrom, the Islanders will dress 11 rookies for tonight’s game, but the youth movement has found success, as the Islanders are 5-2-2 in their last nine games.
While the rookies compete for roster spots in 2014-15, the Canadiens are playing for home-ice advantage in their first round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tonight also marks the first meeting between the Islanders and Thomas Vanek since he was dealt at the March 5 trade deadline. Vanek is finding his groove with the Canadiens, having scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last six games. The Austrian star had 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 47 games with the Islanders.
Clutterbuck Out: Cal Clutterbuck will miss tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.
Injured Islanders: Capuano says that none of the injured Islanders will be back this season.
Strome Plays Wing: Ryan Strome is expected to play in Cal Clutterbuck’s spot on the Islanders second line with Brock Nelson.
Nabokov Off First:
Head coach Jack Capuano did not confirm a starting goaltender tonight. Evgeni Nabokov was the first goalie off the ice on Thursday and was in goal during the Islanders 1-0 overtime loss to the Habs on December 14.
Bailey: Josh Bailey is one point shy of setting a new career high. Bailey has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last six games and 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) this season.
Habs PK: The Canadiens have the NHL’s third-ranked penalty kill with an 85.5% conversion rate.
Habs P.K.: P.K Subban has 53 points (10 goals, 43 assists) in 70 games for the bleu, blanc et rouge this season. The reigning Norris Trophy winner is tied for fifth in defensive scoring.
Spreading the Scoring: The Canadiens have nine players with at least 10 goals. Max Pacioretty leads the team with 39 while recent acquisition Thomas Vanek has six in his first 15 games with the Habs.