Plekanec pow­ers Habs

Picks up four points as Isles’ streak comes to screech­ing halt

SundayXtra - - NHL REPORT - By Kelsey Pat­ter­son

MON­TREAL — To­mas Plekanec scored twice and added two as­sists to lead the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens to a 6- 4 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing New York Is­landers on Satur­day.

P.K. Sub­ban, Dale Weise, Alex Galchenyuk and David De­shar­nais also scored for Mon­treal (28-13-3), while Dustin Tokarski made 27 saves.

Kyle Ok­poso, Niko­lay Kulemin, the Blue Jack­ets on Wed­nes­day in Colum­bus. Head coach Michel Ther­rien said Price’s in­jury, sus­tained when for­ward Matt Calvert crashed into the Cana­di­ens net­min­der, was not se­ri­ous, though he of­fered no timetable for his re­turn.

As a re­sult, the Cana­di­ens re­called goal­tender Joey MacDon­ald from the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs, Mon­treal’s AHL af­fil­i­ate, on Fri­day.

The Is­landers, mean­while, gave Halak the start be­tween the pipes on back-to-back nights for the sec­ond time this sea­son. Halak made 21 saves in New York’s 6-3 come-frombe­hind win ver­sus the Pen­guins on Fri­day.

Halak came into this one with a per­fect four wins in four at­tempts against his for­mer club while con­ced­ing a to­tal of four goals.

But it was an up­hill bat­tle for Halak on Satur­day, with Jack Ca­puano’s men get­ting into penalty trou­ble early for the sec­ond straight game. The Is­landers rank 27th in the league on the penalty kill, and it showed just two min­utes into the contest.

With for­ward Ryan Strome in the box for trip­ping, Sub­ban put the Habs in front on the home team’s sec­ond shot on net at 1:56 of the first pe­riod.

The strug­gling Cana­di­ens power play looked con­vinc­ing on their first op­por­tu­nity of the game, as An­drei Markov faked a slap shot from the point be­fore feed­ing Sub­ban, whose one-timer blew by Halak.

After the Habs and Isles traded goals, in­clud­ing Ok­poso’s fifth in his last two games, Mon­treal added its sec­ond on the power play to go up 3-1. Just six seconds after de­fence­man Thomas Hickey took a trip­ping penalty, Plekanec won the face­off and fired home his 12th of the year.

CANA­DI­ENS 6 IS­LANDERS 4

GRA­HAM HUGHES / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Is­landers goal­tender Jaroslav Halak al­lows a goal by Mon­treal’s To­mas Plekance (not shown) while Bren­dan Gal­lagher screens in front.

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