NEW YORK — The Canadiens lost 2-1 to the Islanders at UBS Arena on Saturday night.
Before the puck drop, the Islanders paid tribute to Laval native and Hall of Famer Mike Bossy, who spent his entire legendary 10-year career on Long Island. Bossy died in April at the age of 65.
Head coach Martin St-Louis made no changes to his roster. Sam Montembeault once again got the start in net.
New York opened the scoring early in the first period, when Casey Cizikas deflected Noah Dobson’s point shot past Montembeault 2:25 into the game. Then, Anthony Beauvillier took advantage of the rebound of a powerful Scott Mayfield from the blue line to double the lead of his team at 6 min 3 s.
Montreal had to deal with one less forward for the rest of the game, Jake Evans having left the game after the last face-off of the first period. The team announced that he suffered a lower body injury.
The second period ended without either team finding the back of the net. The Islanders outshot the Canadians with 14-8 in the kickoff.
The Canadiens prevented a shutout for goaltender Ilya Sorokin when Nick Suzuki took possession of the puck near the crease before heading it over the goalie’s pad with the backhand, marking his 16th of the season.
The game ended 2-1 in favor of the Islanders.
The Canadiens don’t go too far after the game, as they visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden at 5 p.m. Sunday.