What a difference a week makes.
While the weather outside Sunday evening on Long Island was frightful, the New York Islanders were anything but.
New York got goals from four different players en route to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, making it their fourth win in the last five games.
Blake Comeau, Michael Grabner, P.A. Parenteau and James Wisniewski all tallied for the Islanders, with goalie Dwayne Roloson turning away 37 shots on the evening at Nassau Coliseum. With a major snowstorm raging outside, a mere 3,136 fans showed up for the game, many of whom were cheering for the Habs.
Despite the small turnout and the fact the Islanders still sport the second worst record in the NHL (New Jersey), there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel for New York.
“Things are clicking,” Wisniewski commented after the game to the media. “I think we have a little more confidence in the way we are playing.”
Wisniewski and his mates had reason to be optimistic, especially after another great effort from Roloson between the pipes.
Goaltending has been everything to us since I’ve been here,” Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano remarked to the media. “They’ve all played well. But Roli, after the last two games, has played real well. He gave us a chance to win the other night and tonight he was key in the second period when the ice was tilted.”
The Islanders will try and make it five of their last six in the win column when they visit Madison Square Garden Monday evening to meet the rival New York Rangers at 7 p.m. ET.
Montreal, meantime, heads to Washington to meet the Capitals on Tuesday night.
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Written by Dave Thomas