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Islanders Sleepwalk Through 4-2 Loss In Montreal

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 02: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal with Josh Bailey #12 while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 02: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal with Josh Bailey #12 while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After a solid performance in a win in Detriot, the New York Islanders essentially no-showed to the Montreal Canadiens who had lost nine games in a row.

On Captain’s Night, the Montreal Canadiens looked like the better team. The New York Islanders came out with a weak effort in the first period. They managed seven shots on goal, but it was a lazy turnover from Anders Lee that lead to a Phillip Danault goal with one second left in the period.

In period number two, the Isles were just as flat. Through the majority of the period, the team only mustered up two shots on goal. Granted, a couple of late power play chances increased their final shot total of the period, it was still two bad periods of play from a team that is normally stellar on back-to-back nights.

Brendan Gallagher added a goal in the second to give Montreal a two-goal lead after two periods of play.

The Isles started the third with almost a minute of power-play time carried over into the period but it was Montreal who was able to get the next goal. Jeff Petry scored to give the Habs a three-goal lead.

51 seconds later, Scott Mayfield got the Islanders on the board:

With the Islanders down two goals late in the game, Barry Trotz pulled the goalie early and the Isles were able to get within one thanks to Mat Barzal tipping a Nick Leddy shot at the 17:31 mark.

Unfortunately, the Isles weren’t able to find the back of the net on a couple of nice chances with the extra skater and Shea Weber put the game on ice for the Habs with an empty-net goal ending their losing streak.

Overall, it was a weak performance from the Islanders who were just flat for more than 40 minutes tonight. It was one of the worst efforts from a Barry Trotz coached Islanders team that we’ve seen.

The Isles have a couple of days to think about this one before they are back in action on Thursday at the Coliseum with Vegas coming to town.

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Winners: Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault

Losers: Anders Lee, Adam Pelech, Michael Dal Colle

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