Plekanec powers Habs
Picks up four points as Isles’ streak comes to screeching halt
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
Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak allows a goal by Montreal’s Tomas Plekance (not shown) while Brendan Gallagher screens in front.