Big comeback at Uniondale.
The Montreal Canadiens were nowhere to be found during the first and second period tonight. Their lack of intensity was so obvious that the pitiful New York Islanders were leading by the score of 4-1 after two periods.
But the Habs decided to show up in the third period and came back from this three goals deficit. The Habs scored a total of four goals into the last frame. First, Tomas Plekanec woke up his team mates with two goals early into the third period. Those two goals were followed by the first goal of the season for Chris Higgins and the game-winner was netted by Alex Kovalev with five minutes to play.
The line composed of Alex Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn was a game saver for the Habs. Kovalev and Plekanec each netted two during this game.
Montreal's head coach Guy Carbonneau was happy to steal two points from the Islanders but was not very pleased by the way his team showed up for the first two periods. Carbonneau knew that his team had the offensive firepower to come back in this game. At the same time the coach knows that this kind of comeback would not be possible against a top team in the league.
The Canadiens will enjoy six days of rest before the next game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
(Picture: Alex Kovalev, Canadian Press.)