John Tavares scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:51 into overtime after New York blew a 4-2 lead, as the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Monday at Bell Centre. >> Box score
- 1:24 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Mathew Barzal
- 6:29 NYI Barzal; Assist: Jordan Eberle
- 8:01 MON Nicolas Deslauriers; Assist: Jakub Jerabek
- 12:10 MON Paul Byron; Assist: David Schlemko
- 2:37 NYI Adam Pelech; Assists: Barzal, Eberle
- 5:36 NYI John Tavares (short handed)
- 19:16 MON Jonathan Drouin; Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Jerabek
- 13:01 MON Jeff Petry (power play); Assist: Galchenyuk
- 1:51 NYI Tavares; Assist: Thomas Hickey
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
In what can only be described as a miracle, the Islanders pick up two points in a game they were completely and thoroughly outplayed in a 5-4 overtime win over the Canadiens. It is their third straight win and second coming out of the bye week.
Barzal continued his dominant rookie season with three points, Beauvillier scored in his hometown in front of family and friends, and Tavares capped off the night with his second of the game off a terrific play by Hickey.
However, with shot attempts 85-51 and shots on goal 56-24, the night belonged to Thomas Greiss and him alone. Making his first start since early January, the Islanders goaltender set a career high with 52 saves, many of them of the spectacular variety, including a marvelous stop on Max Pacioretty in overtime that gave the Islanders a chance.
For the first time in a long, long time, New York got the saves they needed, but this kind of defensive effort just cannot last for much longer. Not to mention, another defenseman went down tonight, as Scott Mayfield left after the second period, taking a shot up high to the mouth area.
Tavares. Shorthanded. Breakaway. → 🚨 pic.twitter.com/WeLp1kfbsO- NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 16, 2018
The Islanders face the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center.