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New York Islanders Win Playoff Type Game v. Montreal Canadiens 2-1: Highlights, 3 Stars

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes the first period save on Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes the first period save on Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders is checked by Christian Folin #32 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders is checked by Christian Folin #32 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens put forward their best effort, but the New York Islanders were able to pull a 2-1 win in another playoff-style win.

It was yet another must-win game for the New York Islanders. With the Montreal Canadiens coming to town it was yet another team that was hungry and hunting for a wild-card spot.

With a good 2-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets just a few nights before, the Islanders could use another win to keep pace with the Capitals and distance themselves from the teams below them.

The Islanders came out strong in the first period. The Islanders held 60 percent of the puck and had eight high-danger chances in the first 20 minutes.

If not for Carey Price, the Islanders might just be ahead after one instead of leaving it tied at zero.

The second period was more of the same. The Islanders generated most of the chances. But unlike the first period, they actually converted on one. This one coming from Adam Pelech.

Of course, the Islanders couldn’t leave the period with a lead, Jordie Benn put the Habs on the board with a nice slapshot from the point.

In the third period, the New York Islanders played yet another strong period, but Carey Price frustrated the Islanders the entire time.

It took a Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee 2-on-1 to finally put another puck past Carey Price and earn themselves the ‘W’.

The New York Islanders get back-to-back wins against two teams who are chasing playoff spots. Both of the Islanders victories come in tight playoff-style games. Something that will serve them well as we approach April.

With the win, the Islanders are able to keep pace with the Washington Capitals who beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 and to keep their points lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins who also won (5-0 against Buffalo).

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