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The defeat has come to spoil another solid performance from goalie Carey Price.
Anders Lee scored his 25th goal of the season with 2 min 57 s to dispose of the third period and the New York Islanders have dealt to the Montreal canadiens a setback heart-breaking 2-1 Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.
The decisive goal took its origin in the area of the Islanders, at the time where the Habs looked ready to put pressure on the opposing defense. However, a misunderstanding between defender Brett Kulak and forward Max Domi has enabled the Islanders to orchestrate a surge in two-against-one.
In the Face of Jeff Petry, Mathew Barzal took his time before sliding the puck to his left, where Lee had no difficulty accommodating the disc behind Carey Price, who could do absolutely nothing.
Defenders Adam Pelech, the Islanders, and Jordie Benn, the side of the Canadian, had exchanged goals during the middle period.
The defeat could prove costly for the Canadian, who remained in ninth place in the overall standings of the Association Is. The men of Claude Julien totaling 81 points in 71 games, the same number as the Blue Jackets of Columbus, who played an encounter of less. The Blue Jackets, Friday night, will welcome the Hurricanes of the Caroline, which account for 83 points.
Small consolation for the Habs, the Philadelphia Flyers remained five points behind after their defeat of 5-2 in the face of the Washington Capitals. The Flyers still have a game in the bank on the Canadian, they will resume Friday night in Toronto.
As for the Islanders, they have kept up the pace with the Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have also defeated the Sabres in Buffalo in their hot battle for first place in the ranking of the Metropolitan section.
In addition to being heart-breaking, the defeat has come to spoil another solid performance from Price, especially in the first period, as the Islanders have dominated with 15 shots against 9. Price finished the game with 36 stops, while at the other end, Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots.
It is this poor first period that held more Claude Julien during a media scrum, which lasted just 95 seconds. More than the game, which led to the net decisive.
“First, it totally did outperform in the first period. Totally outperform. Unacceptable. We started to play in the second period and the match ended the way it started with a bad decision that cost us the game, ” launched the head coach of the Habs.
“At times, it is sure that it is frustrating,” said Julien. Three minutes remain, one has the opportunity to go and get a point, maybe even two. Especially in our current situation, we need wins, we need points. It is normal that it is frustrating the way it happened, with a first period of time is unacceptable. “
In his brief speech after the game, Julien has implied that the Canadian was, in some way, in a context equivalent to the playoffs.
“I know that someone said that the other team seems to be ready for the playoffs, I think there was a lot in our team that need to realize that we are in the series, more or less. This will have to do is play the way they played [Thursday] evening, with a little more concentration, better decisions, better execution, etc “
The Canadian will try to forget this difficult setback on Saturday night as it hosts the Chicago black hawks at the Bell Centre.