Gio scores milestone in rally, but Habs fall 6-3 vs NYI
Sometimes a goalie has to admit if he can't say something nice, he shouldn't say anything at all.
Carey Price refused comment after the game, as he did after the Penguins put 7 behind him Saturday at the Bell Centre.
Michel Therrien wasn't in much mood to talk either. He bristled about questions pointing to a lack of discipline. But he wouldn't hang Price out to dry. Coach Therrien admitted the fourth Islanders' goal was one Price surely wanted back, but blaimed defensive zone breakdowns for the others.
The Canadiens' impressive run of 11 consecutive games earning at least a point was in serious jeapordy in the 2nd Period on Long Island. It fell apart in the 3rd.
The Canadiens put themselves in penalty trouble then surrendered 2 goals in a span of just 48 seconds to fall behind 3-1.
The same lead the Habs blew at the Bell Centre vs New York. Deja Voodoo.
The Canadiens rallied to score late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd, and hit the 20,000 goals in the NHL milestone. Brian Gionta had the honour there.
Both Matt Moulson and John Taveres beat him for goals. The Islanders capped the night with an empty netter with only a few seconds remaining.
The Habs were emotionally flat after a rousing comeback win against the Bruins in Boston, after which Claude Julien uttered nonsense about the Canadiens and PK Subban especially "embellishing" and being an "embarrassment to the game."
This effort turned out to be far more embarrassing to their own coach.
Michael Ryder earned an assist for the 2nd straight game, helping set up Tomas Plekanec for the game's opening goal (his 10th) in the 1st. Alex Galchenyuk also earned an assist on the play.
Thankfully PK Subban fired on the powerplay late in the 2nd to bring the Habs back within a goal, his 5th of the season. Ryder earned his 2nd assist of the game, while Andrei Markov picked up yet another point on the PP.
The crowd was announced at just 9498 at what CJAD's Mike Farber has dubbed "The Nassau Mausoleum." A big chunk of the fans were in Habs' "bleu, blanc, rouge."
For the record Mike Cammalleri scored back in 2009 what was billed as the club's 20,000th goal, but that included scoring in the NHA, the forerunner to the NHL.