UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking aim late within the third interval and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 photographs because the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, on Thursday evening at Nassau Coliseum.
Defenseman Adam Pelech additionally scored within the second interval to assist the Islanders win for the fourth time in 5 video games to stay two factors behind first-place Washington within the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.
“It’s so important to get these two points especially against a team like Montreal,” mentioned the 24-year-old Pelech, who has had a breakout season with 17 factors. “We had plenty of guys who stepped up tonight, and Greisser played a great game.”
Jordie Benn had the tying aim for Montreal late within the second, and Carey Price completed with 36 saves.
Lee transformed on a two on one with Matthew Barzal for his team-leading 25th aim of the season with 2 minutes 57 seconds remaining. Lee waited patiently for Barzal to move him the puck on the fringe of the left circle earlier than whipping it previous Price. Lee has seven objectives within the final 13 video games. Barzal’s help was his team-leading 39th.
“This is the kind of hockey and tight games we’re going to see the rest of the way,” Lee mentioned. “These are the tight games you have to have.”
After a scoreless first interval, Pelech put the Islanders forward along with his fifth of the season at 1:20 of the second. Benn tied it with 1:50 left within the interval when his shot from the left level eluded Greiss. It was Benn’s fifth aim of the season.
The groups performed a brisk playoff-type sport with Griess and Price making acrobatic saves at each ends. The Islanders outshout the Canadiens by 15-9 within the first interval. The Canadiens had a 16-14 photographs benefit within the second.
The vibrant play continued within the third because the groups traded possibilities earlier than Lee’s heroics. The Islanders are 27-10-Three of their final 40 video games and are actually a season-high 19 video games over .500.
The Islanders continued to wrestle on the ability play, failing to convert on two possibilities. They are actually zero for 22 with the person benefit of their previous 10 video games.