NHL Roundup : Islanders Put an End to Canadien Win Streak
Bryan Trottier scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:11 left and the New York Islanders, with the fewest points in the National Hockey League, knocked off the league-leading Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, Monday night at Montreal.
Trottier deflected a shot from Islanders defenseman Marc Bergevin past Montreal goaltender Brian Hayward for his 17th goal of the season.
Brent Sutter added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining, capping a three-goal burst by New York in the final six minutes that enabled the Islanders to break Montreal’s six-game winning streak.
Rookie David Volek got the Islanders even, 3-3, on a goal with 5:41 remaining.
The Islanders, whose 53 points are 50 fewer than Montreal, took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Alan Kerr and Randy Wood.
Montreal stormed back to take a 3-2 lead with goals by Brian Skrudland, Russ Courtnall and Brent Gilchrist in the first nine minutes of the second period, but former Kings goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick blanked the Canadiens the rest of the way.
New York Rangers 4, Calgary 3--Tomas Sandstrom scored his second goal of the game and 27th of the season with 4:59 remaining as the Rangers broke a five-game losing streak by beating the Flames at New York.
The Rangers scored three power-play goals and moved into a tie with Washington for first place in the Patrick Division, one point ahead of Pittsburgh.
Sandstrom’s winning goal came on the rebound of a shot by Guy Lafleur.