|New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit (2) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)|
Isles' DiPietro beats Canadiens in relief
UNIONDALE, N.Y.—Rick DiPietro made 24 saves in relief of injured starter Evgeni Nabokov, and Matt Moulson scored a key goal in the New York Islanders' 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
P.A. Parenteau, Jay Pandolfo, and Mark Streit also scored for the Islanders, who had lost four straight (0-3-1). New York, which scored all of its goals in the second period, held on after taking a 3-0 lead.
DiPietro replaced Nabokov 7:55 in after the starter injured a groin while making a pad save on Yannick Weber. Nabokov, who made two saves, will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Max Pacioretty, Erik Cole and Brian Gionta scored for the Canadiens, who beat Carolina at home on Wednesday. Peter Budaj stopped 29 shots. Montreal had won three of four.
The Islanders built their 3-0 lead within a 9:08 span in the second period and led 4-2 at intermission. Parenteau opened the scoring 41 seconds in with a backhander that went in off of Budaj.
Pandolfo tipped in a centering feed from Josh Bailey past Budaj 2:20 after Parenteau's goal. It was Pandolfo's 100th NHL goal in his 15-year career.
Streit's second goal of the season made it 3-0. He scored off a pass from Matt Martin while driving the crease.
Montreal cut the deficit to 3-2 with goals from Pacioretty and Cole in a span of 2:36. Pacioretty one-timed Lars Eller's pass past DiPietro at 14:52. Eller intercepted Mike Mottau's clearing pass and found Pacioretty for his ninth. Cole netted his fifth of the season over a prone DiPietro at 17:38.
Just as it seemed Montreal wrestled momentum away from New York, Moulson ripped a drive from the right circle with 1:45 remaining in the second to put the Islanders ahead 4-2.
DiPietro made that stand up. Montreal had two power plays in the third period, but took advantage of only one when Gionta made it 4-3 with 4:18 remaining.
DiPietro robbed P.K. Subban during the Canadiens' first advantage of the period. Subban tilted his head to the rafters after DiPietro snared his drive.
The Canadiens were 1 for 4 overall on the power play. New York went 0 for 3.
NOTES: The Canadiens said that former head equipment manager Eddy Palchak died on Wednesday night. Palchak, who was 71, worked for the Canadiens for 31 years, starting in the 1966-67 season. Montreal D Hal Gill was hospitalized with a virus and missed his third game. ... The announced attendance was 9,928. . The Islanders will debut their new third jerseys when they host Philadelphia on Wednesday.