Islanders Beat Canadiens to Keep Pace With Capitals

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal late within the third period as well as Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots as the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Defenseman Adam Pelech also scored within the second period to help the Islanders win for the fourth time in a few games to remain two points behind first-place Washington within the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.

“the item’s so important to get these two points especially against a team like Montreal,” said the 24-year-old Pelech, who has had a breakout season with 17 points. “We had plenty of guys who stepped up tonight, as well as Greisser played a great game.”

Jordie Benn had the tying goal for Montreal late within the second, as well as Carey cost finished with 36 saves.

Lee converted on a two on one with Matthew Barzal for his team-leading 25th goal of the season with 2 minutes 57 seconds remaining. Lee waited patiently for Barzal to pass him the puck at the edge of the left circle before whipping the item past cost. Lee has seven goals within the last 13 games. Barzal’s assist was his team-leading 39th.

“which can be the kind of hockey as well as tight games we’re going to see the rest of the way,” Lee said. “These are the tight games you have to have.”

After a scoreless first period, Pelech put the Islanders ahead with his fifth of the season at 1:20 of the second. Benn tied the item with 1:50 left within the period when his shot coming from the left point eluded Greiss. the item was Benn’s fifth goal of the season.

The teams played a brisk playoff-type game with Griess as well as cost producing acrobatic saves at both ends. The Islanders outshout the Canadiens by 15-9 within the first period. The Canadiens had a 16-14 shots advantage within the second.

The vibrant play continued within the third as the teams traded chances before Lee’s heroics. The Islanders are 27-10-3 in their last 40 games as well as are at which point a season-high 19 games over .500.

The Islanders continued to struggle on the power play, failing to convert on two chances. They are at which point 0 for 22 with the man advantage in their past 10 games.