On a snowy night crowd of only 3100 fans, as many as half of them from Montreal, the Canadiens laid an egg. The Habs dropped the sixth of their last eight games and their third of four on the seven game road trip. The Canadiens gave up the first goal of the game, and is so often is the case in the current NHL, the team that scores first generally wins the game. With the Canadiens down 2-0 in the third period, Max Pacioretty was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct and all hopes of a comeback ended. While the penalty was being served, the Islanders scored twice, one of them on a five on three advantage and the game was out of reach.

Summing It Up – After the game, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said he didn’t think his team played very well, which might be an indication of the state of the Canadiens game right now. Something will shake this team out of it’s slump, but they haven’t it yet. There were moments early in the second period where the the Habs showed a bit of life but the mistake by Spacek mistake at the line that led to the Michael Grabner 2-on-0 break and the 2-0 lead brought the Canadiens effort to an end. The Plekanec line seemed to be the Canadiens most consistant. But that’s not saying much. And on Tuesday night they play the Capitals in Washington.

How It Went

First Period

No Loyalty – For whatever reason that might include a bad hockey club, the whole lower bowl of the Nassau Coliseum was filled with Montreal fans who were prepared to brave a snowstorm where Long Islanders weren”t.

The Fourth Line Checks In – In the third minute Mathieu Darche from Jeff Halpern. Save Rolston.

Shorthanded – Scott Gomez drew the first of three unanswered penalties called on the Canadiens in the period. Tomas Pelanec went to work. Right off the first faceoff Plekanec went to the Islander net and forced a save. The Canadiens penalty killers dominate the Islander power play.

The Dreaded First Goal – In the 12th minute Blake Comeau got behind Yannick Weber presenting Carey Price with a two-on-one. Price, paying attention to the second man, cheated off the post allowing Comeau to jam the puck through his pads. 1-0.

Close..but Nothing – With 3 ½ minutes left in the period Brian Gionta put the puck in front for Gomez who held the puck too long. With a minute left, Plekanec in front from Kostitsyn. Nothing doing. End of the first period 1-0 Islanders. Shots on goal 9-8 New York.

The Second Period

NHL Stupidity – How is it possible to be diving when a player has been fouled? Maxim Lapierre was handed a diving penalty after Blake Comeau was handed a cross checking penalty.

Man Advantage – After four successive penalties to the Canadiens, all of them well-earned, the Canadiens finally went on the power play. Nothing to show.

Part of the Slump – A bad night for Carey Price outside of the net. Price failed to concentrate while trying to clear the puck behind the net and shanked the pass right to John Taveres who threw the puck into the crease and probably over the line. But the replays were inconclusive and it was ruled – no goal.

The Killer – With 1:42 rookie Michael Grabner grabbed a bouncing puck, Alexandre Picard and Jaroslav Spacek gave up a 2-on-0 breakaway. Grabner scored. 2-0 Islanders at the end of two periods. Canadiens had an uninspiring 16-7 shots on goal advantage.

The Third Period

The Final Nail – In the second minute of the period Max Pacioretty took a run at the Islanders Mark Eaton deep in the the New York end. It was a charge and under the current rules, a hit from behind that drew a game misconduct.

Quick Strike – Thirty-three seconds into the five minute major a puck deflects off the Montreal defence to PA Parenteau to make it 3-0.

Two Man Advantage – Scott Gomez was called for tripping Wisnieswski and on the five-on-three it was Wisniewski who scored on a screen shot with Matt Moulson right in front of Price. 4-0 Islanders.

Shutout Killer- With just over 12 minutes remaining, Andrei Kositsyn dug the puck off the boards and Tomas Plekanec let a high shot go that beat Roloson. It was the Canadiens first shot on goal of the period.

Too Little – Too Late – The Canadiens showed some overall life for the first time in the game but the Islanders were playing with a 3 goal lead. Through the final 14-2 but not much of it was dangerous. Final score 4-1 Islanders. Shots in the third period 15-9 for the Canadiens.

The Goalscorers – Islanders – Comeau (8th) (Schremp-Eaton); Grabner (8th) (Nielsen); Parenteau (7th) PPG (Wisniewski-Nielsen); Wisniewski (3rd) PPG (MacDonald-Parenteau) Montreal – Plekanec (11th) (Kjostitsyn-Cammalleri)

Shots On Goal – Montreal – 8-16-15 = 39 Islanders 7-9-9 = 25

The Three Stars – First Dwayne Roloson (stopped 38 of 39 shots); Second – James Wisniewski (1 goal 1 assist) Third – P.A. Parenteau (2 assists)

The Fenwick/Corsi Numbers –

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20521 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 1 6 3 4 5 1 4 5 0
20521 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 1 14 4 6 3 12 6 3 15
20521 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 1 0 5 5 3 1 3 4 3 4
20521 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 1 0 4 4 3 1 3 4 3 4
20521 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 1 6 2 2 1 4 2 1 5
20521 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 1 14 2 6 3 14 7 2 19
20521 MTL 26 – D – GORGES, JOSH 1 0 11 2 5 1 14 5 2 17
20521 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 1 2 33 11 13 8 26 15 8 33
20521 MTL 40 – C – LAPIERRE, MAXIM 0 1 13 3 3 1 11 2 1 12
20521 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 0 7 2 4 5 4 5 5 4
20521 MTL 45 – D – PICARD, ALEXANDRE 0 2 16 7 4 2 9 5 1 13
20521 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 1 0 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 4
20521 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 1 13 3 4 0 13 4 1 16
20521 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 9 3 3 2 7 6 1 12
20521 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 0 1 7 1 3 3 5 2 3 4
20521 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 1 16 6 5 1 13 6 1 18
20521 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 0 10 2 4 2 11 5 2 14
20521 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 9 2 2 3 6 3 1 8