Late breakdown proves pricey for Canadiens in loss vs. Islanders

A dejected Brendan Gallagher hangs his head as Anthony Beauvillier, left, and Anders Lee celebrate the Islanders captain's winning goal late in the third period Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.

A dejected Brendan Gallagher hangs his head as Anthony Beauvillier, left, and Anders Lee have a good time the Islanders captain’s successful aim late within the third interval Thursday evening in Uniondale, N.Y.

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UNIONDALE — A breakdown within the closing minutes proved pricey for the Canadiens as Anders Lee scored with 2:57 remaining to offer the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over Montreal Thursday evening at Nassau Coliseum. Max Domi misplaced the puck within the offensive zone and the end result was a 2-on-1 break with Mathew Barzal organising Lee for the winner.

This was an old school goaltending duel between the Canadiens’ Carey Value, who made 36 saves, and the Islanders’ Thomas Greiss, who had 33.

The loss prevented the Canadiens from transferring again right into a playoff place within the Jap Convention. They’re tied in factors with Columbus, however the Blue Jackets personal the tiebreaker and now have a recreation in hand.

Neither workforce was in a position to rating within the first interval, however the Islanders had the higher hand for many of the body. Value was stored busy with the Islanders outshooting the Canadiens 15-9.

Many of the photographs that reached Value had been straight on and he did job of not permitting rebounds.

The Canadiens’ finest likelihood got here when Greiss left a rebound after Jeff Petry’s shot from the blue line. There was a gap for Max Domi in entrance, however he misplaced management of the puck when he tried to go to his backhand.

The Islanders’ persistence paid off early within the second interval when Adam Pelech opened the scoring at 1:20. This time, there was a rebound after Value turned away a shot from Brock Nelson and Pelech scored from the slot.

The aim introduced some life to the Canadiens they usually responded by outshooting the Islanders Eight-2 over the following 5 minutes. That they had a 2-on-1 break with Jesperi Kotkaniemi discovering Jonathan Drouin for a shot that was stopped by Greiss, however the dwelling workforce regained the momentum when Brett Kulak was despatched off for high-sticking. The Canadiens had been unable to get the puck out of their zone in the course of the New York energy play, however Value made two huge saves to maintain the sport shut.

Defenceman Jordie Benn pulled the Canadiens even when he scored his career-high fifth aim of the season at 18:10. Benn’s first shot from the left level was blocked, however Greiss left a rebound and Paul Byron directed the puck again to Benn for a second try. Byron was in entrance and his problem on the shot was to duck away from the puck because it caught Greiss unexpectedly.

The Canadiens’ frustration on the ability play continues. Montreal had two benefits and failed to attain. They’ve solely two objectives on 36 alternatives over their final 15 video games. On their second energy play, they not solely didn’t get a shot on aim, however the first unit handed the puck out of the offensive zone twice. The Islanders additionally went Zero-for-2 on the ability play.

The Canadiens are again dwelling on the Bell Centre to face the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday (7 p.m., Metropolis, SNE, TVA Sports activities, TSN-690 Radio).