Andrew Ladd scored twice and the New York Islanders prevailed 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Josh Bailey was the other scorer of the Brooklyn clan. John Tavares has scored two assists, bringing his crop to eight points in five games.
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves for the Islanders, who have a 4-0-1 record since Coach Jack Capuano was dismissed on Jan. 17. Doug Weight leads the interim team.
Shea Weber offered the Habs rebuke. Carey Price faced 42 shots and had not been brilliant, the setback could have been much more scathing.
“The Islanders were intense, they had a big game,” said Canadian coach Michel Therrien. For us, it was very difficult. It seemed tight given the work of Carey, which was exceptional. ”
Ladd made 1-0 at 13:07 at the first twenty, with a shot from the wrists of the left circle. Uncovered, he took a fraction of a second longer before unchecking and he just aimed, getting his ninth goal of the season.
The Islanders dominated the 14-4 shootout. Nearly, the Canadian produced only two sequences where he passed close to scoring: a pass from Nathan Beaulieu to Philipp Danault, deviated slightly off target, as well as a hit shot of Jeff Petry, who Experienced the same fate.
Price saves the bet
About five minutes after the initial face-kick, Price’s stick was stuck in an opening of the strip behind his goal. Without a stick, he nevertheless returned to his net in time to seize the disc, avoiding the damage.
With the Canadian short-handed (Paul Byron stumbled), Price had to distinguish himself on a shot at close range of Tavares, the steering wheel of the glove. Later in the period, it was lying on the ice that blocked the whipped shot of Bailey. Let’s add a beautiful parade of the right leg against Anders Lee, who wanted to grow a two-to-one. Lee returned to the game after an absence of a match, because of the flu.
After long minutes of disconnected play at the beginning of the second third (on both sides), a breach opened for the Canadian when Danault refused to Max Pacioretty. The pass being slightly imprecise, the captain could not put all the gum on his shot, on the other hand.
In the middle of the period, Price shone twice more or less two minutes apart, keeping his own in the game.
12 th goal for Weber
The visitors leveled the score at 14:09. Andrew Shaw put pressure in front of the goal and the puck slipped to the heart of the area, where Weber went with a powerful shot. The puck was first blocked but after jumping very high, it paced past the goal line.
It was for Weber December 1 th goal this season. He is the second striker among the league’s defenders, after the 21 successes of Brent Burns, the Sharks.
Early in the third period, Weber was punished for hanging Anders Lee. During the penalty shoot-out, Nathan Beaulieu came to seek a record dangerously stranded between Price and the goal line, on a shot from Bailey. Moments later, a shot from Tavares hit the post to the right of the British Columbian.
Ladd completed his double at 7:20 with a wrist shot at the top of the net shortly after a face-off by Tavares.
Danault came close to creating equality around the net, in mid-engagement. The Islanders held on and even added an insurance goal at 15:13, courtesy of a Bailey hit. The latter shot his sixth shot from the game.
Spectacular Global Portrait
The CH concludes the first installment of the season on a losing note, but the overall picture is bright. The Montreal club is at the top of the Atlantic section with 65 points, resulting from a record of 29-14-7.
Despite the Islanders’ recent successes, there were only 12,019 people at the Barclays Center, the home of the team since last season.
The NHL All-Star Game will be presented Sunday in Los Angeles. The Habs will be back in action Tuesday night at the Bell Center, against Buffalo.
“The break will do us good mentally and physically,” said Therrien. And there will be a new dynamic with the return of some players, at least I hope. ”
The Canadiens get their hands on defender Nikita Nesterov of the Lightning
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens acquired defender Nikita Nesterov of the Tampa Bay Lightning for defender Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick in 2017.
The deal was announced a few moments before the Canadian began his game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
“He is a young defender who, despite his 23 years of age, has already played 26 games in the playoffs,” said Canadian general manager Marc Bergevin after the 3-1 defeat by the Islanders. I always say that there are never enough defenders. With the injuries to Andrei (Markov) and (Greg) Pateryn, he comes to help us in depth. ”
Aged 23, Nesterov has played 35 games with the Lightning this season, collecting three goals and nine assists. The Russian five-foot 11-inch and 191-pound had been a fifth-round pick of the Lightning in 2011, 148th overall.
In 119 games in the NHL, Nesterov has accumulated nine goals, 19 assists and 77 penalty minutes. He also scored a goal and six assists in 26 playoff games.
“He’s a young skater who plays well with the puck and has a good throw,” said Bergevin in describing his new take.
After the game against the Islanders, the Canadian ceded defender Ryan Johnston to the IceCaps of Saint John, his club of the American League.
Johnston has played seven games with the Canadiens this season and has not earned a point. It displays a differential of minus-3.
For his part, Racine was in his first campaign in the organization of the Canadian, who had acquired him from the Florida Panthers on October 8 in return for forward Tim Bozon.
In 26 games with the Saint John icecaps, the Tricolore club, Racine collected three assists and 58 penalty minutes.
Panthers’ third-round pick in 2011, 87th overall, Racine played a single NHL career game in the 2013-14 campaign. He is from Montreal and is 23 years old.