Photo Gallery: Canadiens @ Islanders (11/17/11)

The New York Islanders won 4-3 on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum.   The New York Islanders starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov suffered a groin injury early in the 1st period while stretching for a save, Islanders backup goaltender Rick DiPietro came into the game in relief of the injured Nabakov and finished the period without letting a goal score.

The Isles scored first early in the 2nd period.  At 00.41 into the period PA Parenteau landed a backhand past Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj.  That first goal gave the Islanders momentum and by the half way point in the period they were up 3-0 with goals by Jay Pandolfo (3:01) and Mark Streit (9.08).   Max Pacioretty answered for the Canadiens and finally put the Habs on the board at 14:52 with a snapshot past DiPietro’s glove.  Minutes later Erik Cole tallied a second goal for the Habs at 17.38 on a wrist shot past both New York Islanders defenseman Mike Mottau and Goaltender Rick DiPietro.   With that goal the volume in Nassau Coliseum went through the roof as Habs fans felt a rally in their midst.  Luckily for the Islanders Matt Moulson added the final goal and ultimately the game winning goal at 18:15 with assists by John Tavares and Rick DiPietro.   The Islanders left the eventful 2nd period with a comfortable 4-2 lead.  The final goal came as a result of Islanders defenseman Steve Staios’ boarding penalty.  That penalty setup the Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta with a power play goal at 15:42 of the 3rd.  The Islanders managed to hold off the Canadiens’ final attempts to tie the game, and walked off the ice with a much needed win.

Brandon Titus photographed the game for Inside Hockey…

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