New York Islanders shutout Montreal Canadiens, win third straight (Highlights)
Feb 23, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Weight‘s New York Islanders did it again, this time shutting out the Montreal Canadiens on the road en route to a third straight win.

The New York Islanders won their third straight in Montreal against the Canadiens on Thursday night, a 3-0 victory that saw the hometown boy, Anthony Beauvillier, score his sixth goal of the season. With his family in the stands, it was a big game for him. In reality, it was a big game for the whole team. The Islanders have not won a game in Montreal since 2014.

The game remained 1-0 until Anders Lee scored his 23rd goal of the season in the second period when the Islanders would take a 2-0 lead. On for the assist was Josh Bailey who produced his 30th assist and career-high 42nd point. Bailey is now having a career year with 43 points, and with about 22 games to go in the Islanders season that number will likely keep increasing.

In the third period two goals were overturned on the Canadians side. The first such goal was taken back by a high stick of either Montreal’s Paul Byron or Tomas Plekanec. It took video overturn and several minutes to do so but the call was made and a good one. Another possible goal was blocked later in the third by Griess.

John Tavares sealed the deal with an empty-net goal with 58.8 seconds left in the game. Tavares‘ 23rd goal of the season closed a game the Islanders controlled for most of the game. Thomas Greiss stopped all 24 shots he was tasked with on the night. It was his seventh shutout of the season.

With seven games remaining on the long road trip, the Islanders starting the road trip 2-0 should build confidence for the near future. The team already knows that they will wake up today remaining in a playoff spot that they slid into on Thursday. Now the goal will be to stay in it and build a lead. They can best do that by continuing to use their secondary scores and killing penalties like they been during this recent stretch.


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