The Islanders scored four goals in the second period and held off some late game pressure and defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3. Rick DiPietro got the win in relief of Evgeni Nabokov, who left the ice just 7:55 into the first period due to an apparent lower body injury. Nabokov is said to have a hamstring issue, and will be evaluated today.
The first shot against DiPietro came on a power play, and as has been the Islanders luck so far this season, the shot beat him. However, in a new turn of events for the Islanders and their luck, this time the post was there to back DiPietro up, and the Islanders killed off the power play unscathed.
Overtime is becoming a friend to the Habs on this road trip. Two games two overtime victories against western conference teams. Peter Budaj, playing in his second game of the season was sensational stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced in a fast paced entertaining game.
The Nashville Predators played the 1000th game in their history. Barry Trotz also was coaching on this mile-stone night - only the fourth man in the history of the NHL to coach 1000 games with the same team. The others are Al Arbour - Islanders, Lindy Ruff (Sabres), Billy Reah (Blackhawks).
The Habs out played the Predators in the first period - skating and passing with authority and totally dominati...
The Montreal Canadiens were at home against the Florida Panthers this evening. The result is becoming an all too familiar story for the Habs, who are winless at home in this season from Hades. Over the years, the Habs have found ways to win. This season, they are now finding more and more ways to lose.
The game was featured each team's backup goalies. The Panthers' young prospect and backup to Jose Theodore, Jacob Markstrom, played well and got a couple of quick whistles - including one that was put behind him after the whistle blew.
As for the Canadiens, there seemed to be a lack of communication on a few plays as the defense was not used to playing in front of Peter ...
When Pierre Gauthier signed Erik Cole to a four year, $18 million contract on last Friday's free agent frenzy, I'm sure that both parties knew they wouldn't be introducing a stranger to the Montreal crowd.
In his ten-year NHL career, Cole has been known as lots of things, but in Montreal, he is simply known as a "Habs-killer".
The Oswego, New York native has played nine seasons in the NHL, mostly in Carolina, with a brief stint in Edmonton in 2008-09. In all those years, he's totaled 620 career NHL games, with 184 goals and 206 assists for a total of 390 points, with a +3 rating and 557 penalty minutes. His playoff totals include 6 goals and 8 assists...