UNIONDALE — The Canadiens took an enormous step backward of their quest for a playoff spot Thursday evening once they dropped a 2-1 resolution to the New York Islanders.
The Canadiens want all of the factors they will get, however they let at the very least one slip away when a miscue within the closing three minutes allowed the Islanders to snap a 1-1 tie.
With goaltender Carey Value enjoying on the prime of his recreation, Montreal appeared poised to take its probabilities in additional time. However missed communication between defenceman Brett Kulak and Max Domi within the Islanders’ zone led to a turnover and a 2-on-1 break that ended with Anders Lee’s 25th aim of the season at 17:03.
“It was a miscue down the wall,” Kulak mentioned. “I used to be going to pinch down and I didn’t talk that I wished (the puck) absolutely. There have been a few guys from the Islanders. It was type of jammed up and the puck got here free they usually scored on an odd-man rush.”
Domi was unable to deal with the puck when it got here out to him and Mathew Barzal was off to the races.
Value was the one Montreal payer who appeared prepared to start out the sport, and he made 15 saves within the first interval to maintain the rating at Zero-Zero.
“We bought completely outclassed within the first interval, outmuscled, outraced, you identify it,” mentioned an sad coach Claude Julien. “They have been throughout us within the first. If you happen to’re a workforce making an attempt to make the playoffs, it is best to actually be upset with that and perhaps even annoyed. We had a foul first interval and we ended up the way in which we began with an actual dangerous resolution with about three minutes left and it value us some extent, perhaps even two.”
The failure to win or at the very least take the sport to additional time left the Canadiens tied in factors with Columbus within the battle for the second wild-card spot within the Japanese Convention. However the Blue Jackets have two benefits. They presently maintain the wild-card spot as a result of they’ve performed one fewer recreation.
The Canadiens are in a scenario the place they need to end with extra factors than the Blue Jackets in the event that they hope to make the playoffs. If they’re tied in factors, the primary tiebreaker is regulation and additional time wins, and Columbus presently holds a 38-35 edge over Montreal.
Kulak mentioned he wasn’t stunned that the Islanders got here out robust.
“It’s not like they’ve a playoff spot completely locked up,” Kulak mentioned. “They’re enjoying for his or her spot and we’re enjoying for ours. We had a really gradual first interval after which we picked it up as we went on. However right now of 12 months, it’s a must to play a full 60.
“We addressed it on the first intermission and realized we needed to transfer on from there,” added Kulak. “There wasn’t an excessive amount of injury executed and Dear bailed us out within the first interval.”
The win was a giant one for the Islanders, who delighted a near-capacity crowd of 13,274 at their authentic dwelling. They’ve 89 factors to carry in to second place within the Metropolitan Division. They’re two factors behind Washington, with a recreation in hand.
Value, who made 36 saves, mentioned the sport had a playoff vibe.
“I assumed that crowd was superb, the constructing was rocking and it was enjoyable to play in,” Value mentioned. “We performed a workforce that appeared prefer it was prepared for the playoffs. We’d have preferred to have a greater begin, however on the finish of the day, we had alternatives in these final two durations. It was disappointing.”