During Super Bowl weekend, the NHL usually schedules the Montreal Canadiens into matinee games. Today at the Bell Centre, it was a great occasion for the younger kids to cheer for their favorite team.
The New York Islanders were the visitors in this one but they never were really able to match with the Habs’ offensive firepower.
Tomas Plekanec with his 17th goal of the season, opened the score for Montreal 37 seconds into the second period with a precise shot from a sharp angle over a kneeled Rick DiPietro in net for the Islanders.
After a tying goal from the Islanders, Montreal shifted to another gear. Mark Streit gave the Habs a definitive lead in the game on a great feed from Saku Koivu during a power play. Alex Kovalev added a third goal for Montreal during the second period with a great wrist shot thru a defensemen’s legs. Kovalev now has 23 goals on the season and already produced more points this season than during the entire 06-07 season.
Matthieu Dandenault with his 7th of the season late in the third period was the icing on the cake for the 21 273 fans attending the game.
In net, Christobal Huet stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced.
Final score: Montreal Canadiens 4 - New York Islanders 1.
The Canadiens since 1967 has a record of 37 wins, 16 losses and 6 ties during the Super Bowl weekend. The Habs will be in action in a pre-Super Bowl appetizer as they will play the New York Rangers tomorrow afternoon.