UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Rick DiPietro made 24 saves in relief of Evgeni Nabokov to lead the Islanders past the Canadiens 4-3 Thursday. New York had lost four in a row (0-3-1).
DiPietro replaced Nabokov 7:55 into the game after the starter injured a groin while making a pad save on Yannick Weber. Nabokov, who made two saves, is scheduled to be evaluated today.
The Islanders built a 3-0 lead in a span of 9:08 in the second period and led 4-2 at intermission. P.A. Parenteau opened the scoring 41 seconds in with a backhander that went in off of Peter Budaj. Jay Pandolfo tipped a centering feed from Josh Bailey past Budaj 2:20 later. It was Pandolfo's 100th goal of his 15-year career. Mark Streit made it 3-0 off a pass from Matt Martin while driving toward the crease.
Montreal cut it to 3-2 with goals from Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole in a span of 2:36. Pacioretty one-timed Lars Eller's pass past DiPietro with 5:08 left in the period. Eller intercepted Mike Mottau's clearing pass and found Pacioretty. Cole then flipped a puck over a prone DiPietro.
Just as it seemed Montreal had wrestled momentum away from New York, Matt Moulson ripped a drive from the right circle with 1:45 remaining to make it 4-2.
Game highlights: Matt Read knocked in a rebound with 18.6 seconds left to lift the host Flyers past the Coyotes 2-1. It made a winner out of Ilya Bryzgalov, who spent four seasons with Phoenix before his rights were traded and he signed a nine-year, $51 million deal. … Rich Peverley and David Krejci scored in the shootout as the host Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 for their seventh consecutive victory.
Prosecutors decide not to charge Chara
QUEBEC CITY — Quebec's prosecutor said Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara won't face charges for his hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in March. Pacioretty broke a vertebra and was out for the season after being shoved into a stanchion by Chara.
Chara received a game misconduct but was not suspended. The ensuing uproar in Montreal prompted the police investigation. But the prosecutors office said it does not believe a court would find Chara guilty of a crime.
Bruins president Cam Neely said the team considered the matter closed and no one from it would comment further. Pacioretty, who has returned to play this season, previously was critical of the NHL's handling of the incident but called police involvement unnecessary.
Chara was unavailable for comment
Around the league: Flyers wing Jaromir Jagr, who has six goals and 11 assists in his return from Russia, left Thursday's game with an undisclosed lower body injury. His status is unknown. … Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill was hospitalized with what the team called only a virus. He has missed three games and is not expected to return for Saturday's. … Stars forward Adam Burish, who has three goals and five assists, will miss at least four weeks with a broken left hand sustained Tuesday when he was hit by a shot. Dallas did get back forward Steve Ott. Ott, who has two goals and six assists, missed six games with a hip injury.
First Period—None. Penalties—Palushaj, Mon (boarding), 2:07; Streit, NYI (holding), 2:59; Staios, NYI (tripping), 7:13; Weber, Mon (interference), 11:43.
Second Period—1, N.Y. Islanders, Parenteau 3, :41. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Pandolfo 1 (Bailey, Martin), 3:01. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Streit 2 (Martin), 9:08. 4, Montreal, Pacioretty 9 (Eller), 14:52. 5, Montreal, Cole 5 (Diaz, Plekanec), 17:38. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 6 (Tavares, DiPietro), 18:15. Penalties—Emelin, Mon (holding), 5:29.
Third Period—7, Montreal, Gionta 5 (Cammalleri, Plekanec), 15:42 (pp). Penalties—Grabner, NYI (tripping), 10:49; Staios, NYI (boarding), 14:02. Shots on Goal—Montreal 10-11-8—29. N.Y. Islanders 11-9-13—33. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 4; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. Goalies—Montreal, Budaj 1-2-0 (33 shots-29 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov (2-2), DiPietro 2-1-2 (7:55 first, 27-24). A—9,928 (16,234).
|Bruins win shootout 2-1|
First Period—None. Penalties—Columbus bench, served by Prospal (too many men), 14:15.
Second Period—1, Columbus, MacKenzie 3 (Nikitin, Clitsome), 2:49 (pp). 2, Boston, McQuaid 1, 4:24. Penalties—Campbell, Bos (high-sticking), :50; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 8:35; Thornton, Bos, major (fighting), 8:35.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Pouliot, Bos (roughing), 1:57.
Overtime—None. Penalties—Vermette, Clm (slashing), 1:05; Ference, Bos (boarding), 4:08.
Shootout—Columbus 1 (Nash NG, Letestu G, Vermette NG), Boston 2 (Seguin NG, Peverley G, Krejci G). Shots on Goal—Columbus 5-14-8-4—31. Boston 6-8-8-5—27. Power-play opportunities—Columbus 1 of 3; Boston 0 of 2. Goalies—Columbus, Sanford 0-0-1 (27 shots-26 saves). Boston, Rask 3-3-0 (31-30). A—17,565 (17,565).
First Period—None. Penalties—Briere, Phi, double minor (high-sticking), 7:10; Torres, Pho (holding stick), 12:36.
Second Period—1, Philadelphia, van Riemsdyk 7 (Giroux, Hartnell), 12:37. Penalties—Chipchura, Pho, major (fighting), 3:38; Rinaldo, Phi, major (fighting), 3:38; Timonen, Phi (high-sticking), 15:02; Whitney, Pho (hooking), 17:17.
Third Period—2, Phoenix, Boedker 3 (Gordon, Korpikoski), 3:38. 3, Philadelphia, Read 6 (Talbot, Voracek), 19:41. Penalties—Giroux, Phi (hooking), :33; Vrbata, Pho (goaltender interference), 4:21; Rinaldo, Phi, misconduct, 13:12. Shots on Goal—Phoenix 16-6-9—31. Philadelphia 12-17-13—42. Power-play opportunities—Phoenix 0 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 3. Goalies—Phoenix, Smith 8-3-3 (42 shots-40 saves). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 8-4-2 (31-30). A—19,610 (19,537).