Islanders Beat Canadiens 4-3; Can They Build off the Victory?

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Mark Streit #2 of the New York Islanders scores at 9:08 of the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 17, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After a tough 4-2 loss to the rival Rangers, the Islanders finally won a game, after losing four in a row. The offense looked sharp when the Islanders hosted the Montreal Canadiens earlier tonight.

After Evgeni Nabokov left the game early with an injury, Rick DiPietro took over and played very solid. He stopped 24 of 27 shots, making some big saves late in the third period to preserve the Isles victory.

The Islanders got goals from PA Parenteau, Jay Pandolfo, Mark Streit, and Matt Moulson in that order.

Pandolfo scored the 100th goal of his career, and was the first star of the game.

Moulson deflected a shot off Montreal defenseman PK Subban for the eventual game winner. It was his sixth on the season.

Tavares notched an assist on Moulson's goal, his team leading 16th point of the season.

The Islanders record is now 5-8-3, and they still find themselves on the bottom of the Eastern Conference. But can the team build off tonight's victory? We saw a lot of good things, like the secondary scoring finally coming through.

The Islanders next game is at home against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. The Isles need to win this game, and need to start a winning streak to get back in contention.

Early in the season, the Isles find themselves six points away from a playoff spot, but they can't let the gap spread too wide.

If the secondary scoring keeps up, and the first line continues to dominate, there's no reason why the Islanders can't begin to build a win streak.

They've been getting great goaltending, but the team just needs to work on its defense. If the team can work out its bugs on defense, and can keep up the secondary scoring, then watch out.