Just 13 seconds into the 3rd period, John Tavares deflected a Wisniewksi shot to cut the Montreal advantage to 3-2. It was the Isles’ second power play goal of the evening and gives Tavares a five-game point scoring streak for the second time in his NHL career. Tavares leads the Islanders in goals with six. Four of his 6 goals have come on the power play, tying Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson for the NHL lead.
Halpern Doubles the Lead but Rollie Stops Pouliot
Montreal regained a 2-goal lead at 6:56 as Jeff Halpern's shot appeared to be deflected into the goal by Islander defensemen Mark Eaton. Fifteen seconds later, Benoit Pouliot was pulled down by Radek Martinek and was given a penalty shot. Dwayne Roloson stopped him to keep the lead at two. It was the fifth penalty shot in the NHL this season and second against the Isles. The Isles have stopped both attempts this season and 28 of 41 all-time opponent penalty shots. Roloson has stopped 8 of 11 penalty shots in his career.
It's the back-end of the home-and-home as the Canadiens visit Long Island for the first time this season. It's the first time in 10 years that the teams are playing home-and-home; the Isles won identical 2-1 decisions on October 27-28, 2000.