Game 9: Habs’ offence comes to life vs. Isles

Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty scores against Islanders goalie
Martin Biron as teammate Radek Martinek looks on Thursday night.
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• At a Glance: For the first time this season, there was little drama for the Canadiens as they defeated the New York Islanders 5-1 Thursday night, a score that is flattering to the Islanders thanks to Martin Biron, who kept the score closer than it could have been. The Canadiens outshot the Isles 43-22, and Jaroslav Halak would love to have a mulligan on the one that got past him. During a Canadiens power-play early in the third period, Halak mishandled the puck behind his net and Josh Bailey took advantage by slipping the puck into a wide open net. Scott Gomez, who played another solid game, opened the scoring, with Marc-André Bergeron, Max Pacioretty, Mike Cammalleri and Maxim Lapierre also scoring for the Canadiens. Bergeron and Cammalleri scored with the man advantage. Glen Metropolit returned to the lineup after missing the last six games, and recorded a pair of assists.

• Key Moments: Bergeron scored his first goal with the Canadiens and he received a nice cheer from the Bell Centre crowd. It was a power-play goal, a rare one for the Canadiens this season, and gave the Habs a 2-0 lead before the end of the first period.

• What It Means: After losing five straight, the Canadiens have now won two straight at home and improved their record to 4-5, winning in regulation for the first time this season.

• What’s Next: New York’s other team, the Rangers, visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night for the fifth game of this six-game homestand before the Islanders return next Monday.

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