The future is bright
Third star of the game: Lars Eller, a goal and two assists
Second star: Brendan Gallagher, a goal and an assist
First star: Alex Galchenyuk, a goal and two assists ... and six shots on goal ... and two hits.
Rookie Michaël Bournival also got one.
Average age of Canadiens scorers on the night: 21 years, three months.
Kid puts it away
Brock Nelson brought it down to a one-goal game on an Islanders power play.
Then the kids took over.
Alex Galchenyuk completed a sweet passing play with linemates Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher to put the game away.
PP comes to life
Brendan Gallagher got the Canadiens on the board, converting a lead pass from Alex Galchenyuk for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
But Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Carey Price with a long knuckleball on an Islanders power play, the first goal conceded by the Canadiens' PK in 22 tries dating back to the San Jose game.
The Canadiens' power play got goals from Lars Eller, his sixth after a long drought, on a one-timer off a lovely feed from Galchenyuk, and Michaël Bournival, whose fifth was a tip of a Raphael Diaz blueline blast.
Canadiens outshot the Islanders 9-8, 20-18 on the game.
The Islanders had the first four shots of the game, but the Canadiens speed began to tell as the period progressed and they outshot the visitors 11-10.
The Canadiens killed a penalty and looked threatening on their one PP.
Sunday dinner .... minus Mom's cooking
It's weird to have hockey at 6 p.m. on a Sunday.
And the visiting Islanders played Saturday night in Columbus, where they lost 5-2.
The Blue Jackets ended a five-game losing streak, and perhaps the Canadiens can muster a win over a tired team to put the brakes on their own four-game skid.
The Islanders won two of their three games against the Canadiens last season, including a 4-3 overtime win on their only visit to the Bell Centre. Matt Moulson scored twice in that game, but he's been traded to Buffalo in the deal that made Thomas Vanek an Islander.
The Matt who bears watching is Martin, who had eight of the Islanders' 20 hits in their loss to Columbus. John Tavares, who's off to a slow start and has not meshed with Vanek, went 7-14 in the faceoff circle. Vanek played one shift before exiting with an upper-body knack.
The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in six of their last seven games. They will face Montreal homeboy Kevin Poulin, who gets the goaltending start for the Islanders.
Puck drops 6:10ish. Check back later for live game blogging.
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