Lars Eller and Michael Bournival scored power play goals 2:50 apart late in the second period as the Montreal Canadiens broke a 1-1 tie and defeated the Isles 4-2 before the 370th consecutive sellout crowd of 21,273 at Bell Centre. The Isles conclude their road trip with an 0-4-0 record; they allowed eight power play goals in the four games (first time since December 2009 that they have allowed eight PP goals in any four game stretch) and dropped from 2nd place to 6th place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Scoring: 1st Period NONE
2nd Period 01:46 MTL Brendan Gallagher (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (10), Lars Eller (5) 1 - 0 MTL 07:23 NYI PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) Slapshot - ASST: John Tavares (12) 1 - 1 Tie 16:14 MTL PPG - Lars Eller (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (11), P.K. Subban (14) 2 - 1 MTL 19:04 MTL PPG - Michael Bournival (5) Tip-in - ASST: Raphael Diaz (7), Tomas Plekanec (7) 3 - 1 MTL
3rd Period 04:10 NYI PPG - Brock Nelson (2) Tip-in - ASST: John Tavares (13), Frans Nielsen (10) 3 - 2 MTL 10:37 MTL Alex Galchenyuk (3) Tip-in - ASST: Lars Eller (6), Brendan Gallagher (4) 4 - 2 MTL
The Skinny: Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the Isles’ first power play goal in eight games; Brock Nelson, elevated to the top line in the absence of Thomas Vanek also converted on the power play… The Isles have scored 25 of their 49 goals in the second period, but have been outscored 16-11 in the third period… The Isles allowed two more power play goals and have now allowed 16 goals in 59 times short (72.9%, lowest in the NHL)…Alex Galchenyuk won’t turn 20 until February; he is the first Canadiens’ teen since Eric Desjardins (2/18/1989) to record three points in a game and the youngest player to do so against the Isles since Sidney Crosby did so (six times between 2005 and 2007)…The Canadiens had scored two goals or fewer in five straight games and broke a four-game winless streak (0-3-1)…John Tavares assisted on both Islander goals; it was his 2nd multi-assist game of the season and his first on the road since February 21st (in Montreal). Tavares now has 150 career assists; he is the 25th player in Isles history to reach that mark…PK Subban extended his point streak to five games…Eight current Islanders have each scored one power play goal this season to share the team lead…Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien’s recorded his 250th career win as a head coach.
The Injury: The Isles played the final 3 ½ minutes without Travis Hamonic, who was injured in a collision with Max Pacioretty.
The Shots: Isles 10-8-8=26 Canadiens 10-10-11=31
Home and Road The Islanders are 6-9-3 overall, 3-3-3 at home and 3-6-0 on the road. The Isles went 0-4-0 on this road trip and were outscored 16-6 after winning two straight games to begin the month. The Isles allowed at least three goals in a period in three of the four games. The Canadiens are 9-8-1 overall; they are 5-4-1 at home and 4-4-0 on the road.
In the Nets Kevin Poulin made 27 saves in his first NHL start in his hometown but falls to 1-4-0 on the season. Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens and improves to 7-7-1 on the season. Price is 6-2-3 in his career against the Isles.
Power Plays The Islanders were 2-4 while the Canadiens were 2-5. The Islander power play goals were their first in eight games; it’s the 4th time this season that they have tallied twice on the power play. The Isles are 3-2-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 3-7-0 when they do not. The Isles are 1-7-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-1 when they do not. Over the last eight games, the Isles power play is 2-26 (7.7%) while the penalty kill is 12-30 (60%).
Three is a Magic Number The Isles are 6-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-8-1 when they do not.
Second to The One Jack Capuano is now 2nd on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (213) and wins (90).
Most wins by Islander coaches: 1. Al Arbour 740 2. Jack Capuano 90 3. Terry Simpson 81 4. Peter Laviolette 77 5. Ted Nolan 74
Most games coached (Islanders): 1. Al Arbour 1,500 2. Jack Capuano 213 3. Mike Milbury 191 4. Terry Simpson 187 5. Scott Gordon 181
They Said It Kyle Okposo: “Our effort was there...it was a much better game than last night…we just didn’t get the results we wanted.”
They Tweeted It @NHLJensen Eller, Galchenyuk & Gallagher combined for 8 points in win over #Isles. Getting that line going again just what doctor ordered for #Habs.
The Coach “We’re right there again and bang-bang, two power-play goals.”
Back-to-Backs The Isles are 3-2-0 in the front-end and 1-3-1 on the back end of back-to-backs this season. They have earned 4 points once, 3 points once, 2 points once, and no points on two occasions.
Head of the Class John Tavares has 269 career points; he is 57 points ahead of Matt Duchene for most among 2009 draft picks. No other player from that draft is anywhere close. Tavares also has more goals and more assists than any other player from that draft.
Leading Ice Men Andrew MacDonald played 25:24 to lead the Isles for the 14th time this season. PK Subban led Montreal with 25:34. The Isles are 5-7-2 when MacDonald leads them in ice-time and 1-2-1 when Hamonic leads them.
In the Circle The Islanders won 31 of 65 draws. Casey Cizikas won 8 of 12 to lead the Isles but the other Isles lost a combined 30 of 53; Tomas Plekanec won 10 of 17 for Montreal. The Isles are tied-25th in the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning 45.6%.
Heavy Hitters The Isles were out-hit 18-15. Travis Hamonic led the Isles with three hits. Matt Martin added one hit; he leads the NHL with 80. There were no fights, leaving the season total at four: Boulton (2), Martin (2).
Giving Up the Body The Isles were credited with 13 blocked shots; Andrew MacDonald extended his league-leading total to 67 with three blocks. Thomas Hickey was also credited with three.
All–time Winners The Islanders fall to six games over all-time NHL .500 (1377-1371-442 in 3,189 games). The Isles have finished every season since 1977-78 above all-time NHL .500.
Ironmen John Tavares is the reigning Islanders’ ironman. Tavares has now played in 225 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak for an Islander in the Post Cup era. Frans Nielsen (148) and Kyle Okposo (131) also have streaks of at least 100 consecutive games.
Longest Consecutive Game Streaks, Post Cup Era • Matt Moulson 10/3/2009- 4/4/2013 284 • John Tavares 10/16/10 – CURRENT 225 • Richard Park 10/5/2006 – 2/18/2009 221 • Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 • Bryan Trottier 3/7/1981- 1/12/1984 219 • Mariusz Czerkawski 12/23/1999 – 4/14/2002 215
Missing Men Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait are on injured reserve. Cal Clutterbuck missed his 3rd game and Thomas Vanek missed his first game with upper body injuries. Brock Nelson replaced Vanek in the lineup while Radek Martinek was scratched. The Isles have lost 32 games this season due to injury.
Nobody Beat the Viz The Isles were 19-12-4 last season and are 3-3-2 this season with Lubomir Visnovsky in the lineup. They were 5-5-3 last season and 3-6-1 this season without him in the lineup.
Career Wins, Active Goalies 1. Martin Brodeur 673 2. Roberto Luongo 357 3. Evgeni Nabokov 340 4. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Wins 17. Roberto Luongo 357 18. Evgeni Nabokov 340 19. Gump Worsley 335 20. Nikolai Khabibulin 333
Career Shutouts, Active Goalies
1. Martin Brodeur 123 2. Roberto Luongo 64 3. Evgeni Nabokov 55 4. Tomas Vokoun 51
Career Goals as an Islander 17 Duane Sutter 121 18 Alexei Yashin 119 18 John Tavares 119 20 Matt Moulson 118 20 Mark Parrish 118 20 Steve Thomas 118
Career Assists as an Islander 23 David Volek 153 24 John Tavares 150 24 Mariusz Czerkawski 150 26 Frans Nielsen 146 27 Travis Green 145
Career Games as an Islander (skaters) 25 Gerry Hart 476 26 Radek Martinek 473 27 Mariusz Czerkawski 470
37 Travis Green 388 38 Frans Nielsen 385 39 Anders Kallur 383 40 Randy Wood 381 41 Dave Scatchard 347 42 Josh Bailey 346 42 Alexei Yashin 346 44 Mark Parrish 345 45 Marty McInnis 337 45 Kyle Okposo 337 47 Robert Goring 332 47 Oleg Kvasha 332
54 Brad Dalgarno 321 55 Ray Ferraro 316 55 Steve Webb 316 55 Richard Park 316 58 Gerald Diduck 314 59 John Tavares 309 60 Mikko Makela 307
Career Points as an Islander 20 Ed Westfall 286 21 John Tavares 269 22 Jason Blake 258 22 Steve Thomas 258
32 Mikko Makela 219 33 Frans Nielsen 215 34 Mark Parrish 214 35 Garry Howatt 213 35 Jean Potvin 213 37 Anders Kallur 211 38 Kyle Okposo 204 39 Marty McInnis 198
Season Series Stats The Canadiens lead the season series one game to none (and two points to none) with two games to play. The teams will next play on December 14th at the Coliseum. The Isles are 5-7-1 in their last 13 games in Montreal, starting with a loss on March 13, 2007 in a game in which Rick DiPietro was forced from the game after a collision with Steve Begin, however all five Isles wins in that stretch have come in extra time (three times in shootouts, twice in overtime), leaving Les Habitants 8-0-5 in those 13 games. Happy Anniversary 26 years ago tonight: November 10, 1987. Pat LaFontaine scored three times in regulation, but it was Brad Lauer who scored in overtime as the Islanders defeated Washington 4-3. It was Lauer’s only overtime goal as an Islander. Overall the Islanders are now 7-11-2 on this date.
On The Farm Anders Lee scored his first goal since opening night, and then added another goal 6:34 into the third that broke a 2-2 tie as the Sound Tigers erased a 2-0 Adirondack lead for a 3-2 victory at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Ken Reiter recorded his first AHL win in the Bridgeport net as the Sound Tigers improve to 3-0-1-1 in their last four games. Bridgeport is 4-5-1-1 on the season and conclude their three games in three days weekend with a Veteran’s Day matinee in Albany.
Up Next TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th —NASHVILLE AT ISLANDERS 7:00PM [MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN-FM]
The Islanders return home to begin a three-game homestand as they entertain Nashville on Tuesday night.
It’s the second and final meeting of the teams this season; the Predators held the Isles to only 16 shots on October 12th as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory.
The Islanders are 3-3-1 all-time in regular season games against Nashville; however, their only regulation win came on Election Night 2000. Brad Isbister had the winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Coach Butch Goring.
Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in “The Skinny” has been gathered from various sources. Follow Eric @ehornick on Twitter.