Isles fend off Habs

New York Islanders' left wing Jay Pandolfo (29) celebrates with left wing Matt Martin (17) after...

New York Islanders' left wing Jay Pandolfo (29) celebrates with left wing Matt Martin (17) after Pandolfo scored past Montreal Canadiens' goalie Peter Budaj (30) for his 100th career goal during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Uniondale, New York November 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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UNIONDALE, NY - Matt Moulson tallied during a four-goal second period for New York as the Islanders hung on for a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

P.A. Parenteau, Jay Pandolfo and Mark Streit also scored for the Islanders, who snapped a four-game losing skid.

Evgeni Nabokov started in net but left the game in the first period with a groin injury. He made two saves before Rick DiPietro came on to make 24 stops.

Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta and Erik Cole netted goals for Montreal, which got 29 saves from Peter Budaj.

Parenteau got the Islanders on the board first, 43 seconds into the second period after Budaj failed to play the puck from behind the boards. The puck caromed off Budaj's stick and into the slot, where Parenteau backhanded it home.

A few minutes later, Josh Bailey found Pandolfo in the slot from the right point, and Pandolfo one-timed it past Budaj for a 2-0 lead.

Streit made it a 3-0 game nine minutes into the second by pouncing on a loose puck in the crease and tipping it in.

The Habs came back later in second period, though. Lars Eller intercepted Mike Mottau in his own zone, found Pacioretty with a pass from the left point, and Pacioretty snapped it past DiPietro with 5:08 to go in the second period.

Cole made it a 3-2 game just 2:46 later. Raphael Diaz wristed a shot from the right point and Cole wristed home the rebound.

But the Islanders responded, as Moulson tallied just 37 seconds later to push the lead back to two. DiPietro started the play with a pass to John Tavares at center ice. Tavares moved in on the right wing and dropped a pass off to Moulson, who flicked it past Budaj from just outside the right circle.

Gionta made it 4-3 with 4:18 left in the game on the power play, but DiPietro came up big in the final moments as the Islanders hung on for the victory.

Game Notes

Pandolfo's goal was the 100th of his career and first as an Islander...New York has been outscored 9-1 in the third period in its last five games...Plekanec tallied two assists, giving him 14 this season.

 


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