NHL Game Recap: Montoya Picks Up Shutout, Islanders Dethrone Kings 3-0

Daniel FriedmanCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  Goalie Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders is all smiles as he celebrates his 3-0 shutout with Frans Nielsen #51 of the Islanders after an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Nassau Coliseum on February 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Tonight was a good one in Islander Country, as the Isles shut out Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, by a final score of 3-0.

The Islanders played their most complete game of the season, shutting down LA's offense and keeping the Kings defense on their heels for the majority of the game.

Matt Moulson had a big night against his former club, beating brother-in-law Jonathan Quick twice.

There were times where the Islanders' penalty kill looked like they were the ones on the power play.

The Isles had at least five shorthanded breakaways in the game, and Frans Nielsen opened the scoring midway through the first period with a shortie, showing his versatility. He played a great game on both ends of the ice.

Goaltender Al Montoya was surprisingly sharp for the Islanders, turning aside all 35 shots he faced, and earning his second career shutout.

This was Montoya's first start as an Islander. He also notched a shutout in his first career start, which came with the Phoenix Coyotes.

John Tavares stayed red-hot, assisting on both of Moulson's goals. P.A. Parenteau, fresh off a one year contract extension, also had assists on Moulson's tallies.

Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic were the best defensemen for the Isles tonight, playing very solid games.

The team looked extremely strong in every facet of the game and were the faster, smarter and simply better team tonight.

This is a big win for the New York Islanders, who are now 5-1 in their last six games.