With the game tied at one deep in the third-period, the New York Islanders created a 2-on-1 opportunity. Mathew Barzal faked the defender and passed it to Anders Lee, who scored the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation as New York topped the Montreal Canadiens 2-1.
There wasn’t any goals scored in the first-period. Adam Pelech scored 1:20 into the second-period for the Islanders. Jordie Benn tied the game at one for Montreal with 1:50 remaining in the second-period.
Carey Price finished with 36 saves for the Canadiens. Thomas Greiss finished with 33 saves for New York.
Montreal continues to be on the outside looking in, in the Eastern Conference even though they have the same amount of points (81) as the Columbus Blue Jackets at the moment.
The New York Islanders remain two points back of the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and they remain two points ahead of the Pittsurgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Montreal and New York will play each other one more time this season next Thursday night in Montreal.
The Canadiens next game will be against the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Saturday night. The Islanders next game will be against the Detroit Red Wings on the road on Saturday afternoon.