The Islanders have a knack for beating teams that are leading the Eastern Conference. They defeated the New Jersey Devils last month when they were the team on top and they did it again Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
John Tavares scored his 14th goal of the season helping to maintain his top-five goal-scoring status among players in the NHL. Matt Moulson, who isn’t too far behind his linemate on that list, added his 11th goal Tuesday night in New York. Matt Martin, Michael Grabner, Radek Martinek, and Colin McDonald also added goals.
Michael Ryder, who the Canadiens recently acquired from the Dallas Stars in a trade, had his best production for the new club with three assists. Scoring the goals for the Canadiens were Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban, and Brian Gionta.
The Islanders are just outside of the playoffs with 22 points for 10th place. They face the New York Rangers tonight and a regulation win by the Isles would put them in a tie with the Rangers at 24 points.
The Rangers currently hold the last playoff spot. The Islanders could also get in at the expense of the New Jersey Devils if the Devils continue their rapid descent down the standings.