MONTREAL (NHL.com) - The Montreal Canadiens’ so-called kid line of Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk began the season on fire, and after a brief lull in their production they showed Sunday night they remain quite alright.
Eller, Galchenyuk and Gallagher combined for eight points and Carey Price made 24 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 win against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre.
Galchenyuk, 19, had his first career three-point game with a goal and two assists, Eller also had a goal and two assists and Gallagher had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (9-8-1), who snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders (6-9-3), who return home with no points off their four-game road trip against the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal. The Islanders were playing their second game in less than 24 hours with a 6 p.m. ET start in Montreal after Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Columbus.
Kevin Poulin made 27 saves for the Islanders in his fifth start of the season, running his record to 1-4-0.
Two special teams streaks came to an end at the same time when Bouchard got the Islanders on the board at 7:23 of the second period. The goal snapped an 0-for-24 skid for the Islanders' power play that lasted seven games plus one period, while it also broke a 21-for-21 run for the Canadiens' penalty kill dating back to a game on Oct. 26 against the San Jose Sharks.
Nelson’s third-period goal at 3:10 that made the score 3-2 also came on the power play and the Islanders finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Islanders' penalty kill, however, continued to give the team trouble.
It came in to the game having allowed six goals in 12 opportunities over the previous three games and picked up where it left off, allowing two goals on five chances against the Canadiens.
After a scoreless first period, Gallagher got Montreal on the board at 1:46 of the second when he was able to corral a Galchenyuk feed entering the Islanders zone and beat Poulin with a low shot to the far side for his eighth goal of the season.
Bouchard tied it with his power play goal, his third of the season on a top corner rocket from the top of the faceoff circle, but Eller got it back on the power play at 16:14 of the second when he one-timed Galchenyuk’s feed through the slot past Poulin for his sixth goal.
Canadiens rookie Michael Bournival made it 3-1 with 55.9 seconds left in the second with Thomas Hickey still serving the second half of a double-minor penalty for high sticking, tipping home a Raphael Diaz point shot for his fifth goal of the season.
After Nelson got the Islanders to within one early in the third off John Tavares’ second assist of the game, Galchenyuk re-established Montreal’s two-goal margin by finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with Gallagher and Eller for his third goal of the season at 10:37.
Montreal forward Travis Moen left the game after his third shift of the second period due to a flu bug.
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