The Montreal Canadiens exploded offensively in the final period against the New York Islanders as the Habs scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Isles 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
An early PP goal from Michael Ryder opened the scoring, but John Tavares cashed in on a mistake by Francis Bouillon to tie it up. In the second period, the Habs were caught flopping around in their own zone and no one picked up pinching defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky, who gives the Isles a 2-1 lead. However, Michael Grabner gets a penalty and PK Subban blasts one past Poulin on the powerplay to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the second. David Desharnais then earned his 100th NHL point in his 160th career game with an assist on the goal by Brian Gionta, who nets his 10th of the season only 38 seconds into the third period to give the Habs the 3-2 lead! The goal would be won from there, adding goals from Brendan Gallagher and another from PK Subban and the Canadiens take it 5-2.
The Habs therefore avoided the sweep against the Islanders this season with this win. The last time the Canadiens were swept by the Islanders dates back to the 1993-94 season.
With this victory, the Canadians now have a record of 20-5-5, with 45 points and are second in the Eastern Conference. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins are ahead in the East in scoring with 46 points, however they have played one more game.
The Habs will be back in action Saturday night when they cross swords with the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre. They will attempt to avenge their 3-2 loss in overtime from last Tuesday.