After playing last night in Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders were in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. It was a somber day in Islanders land as the organization and fans mourned the loss of legendary Islander Mike Bossy. It was only fitting that they were playing in Montreal, the home of Mike Bossy.
Carey Price came back tonight and was very good in his return to the Canadiens. In the first period, the Isles were outshot 14-8 and didn't get much going offensively. It was definetely a goalie show in the first period and that was for sure the case in the second period as well.
Once again the Canadiens were outshooting the Islanders this time 16-8. The Isles through two periods of play were outshot 30-12 through two periods of play. The only reason the Islanders were in this game despite the lackluster effort was because of Ilya Sorokin.
Sorokin has been pheonomenal for the Isles this year and tonight, a game in which he wasn't expected to play after starting last night, he was excellent again.
In the third period, the offense finally came to life. Zach Parise, who has been on fire, netted his 15th goal of the season with Mathew Barzal picking up the assist.
It was Parise's fourth goal in the last three games and once again, Mathew Barzal on the feeding end of the goal. Shortly after, Noah Dobson decided to get in on the fun as well with his 11th goal of the season.
The Islanders haven't had a defenseman reach 12 goals since Mark Streit in 2008-2009 so it would be awesome to see Dobson get one or two more over the next eight games.
Brock Nelson would add an empty net goal and that would do it. The Islanders would win this one 3-0 with an insane performance from Ilya Sorokin who stopped all 44 shots that he faced. The Islanders are back in action on Sunday in Toronto.