1. Joel Armia: 1 goal, 1 assist
He opened the scoring for the Montreal Canadiens. It also proved to be the game winner. Add a primary assist Jonathan Drouin’s goal, and Armia had himself one heck of a game.
I’m only giving him this honor because he had a huge impact on the game in terms of the score sheet. But I don’t feel good about giving him the first star.
2. Carey Price: 28 saves
For the second straight game, the New York Islanders are shutout. And for the second straight game against the Montreal Canadiens Carey Price puts on one heck of a show.
He didn’t have to stand on his head, but Carey Price was exactly where he needed to be and everything the Islanders threw at him stuck to him. Price’s rebound control was incredible tonight.
Much to the detriment of the New York Islanders.
3. Barry Trotz’s Vocal Chords
They are going to be worked out tonight! I can only imagine the tongue lashing the Islanders are going to get from their coach after yet another horrendous display.
Trotz was hollering on the bench and I’m sure he was doing the same in the dressing room after the game.
It must be maddening for Trotz to see his team seemingly completely disregard his game plan and then lose 5-0 and then 4-0.