Ilya Sorokin is no stranger to success against the Montreal Canadiens, and the New York Islanders goaltender disappointed his rivals again Saturday night at UBS Arena with a 2-1 win.
Watch the highlights in the keynote video above.
The 27-year-old doorman disinfected the Hab while visiting the Peel Center in Les Isles on April 15. Solid as a wall, he slammed the door for 136 straight minutes before Nick Suzuki finally beat him.
The captain gave his team a ray of hope by scoring with a fine individual effort midway through the third period. He made his way to Sorokin before lifting the puck over the Russian’s shin guard.
It was Suzuki’s first goal since December 17th. Jonathan Drouin hasn’t filled the net recently either, but he’s collected his fourth assist in two games.
And the Canadian was unable to sign two consecutive victories, after Thursday’s victory over the Nashville Predators. The team hasn’t recorded two wins since November.
Saying the abuse is limited to just 23 shots didn’t help.
Montembeault is just as good
Samuel Montembolt was bombarded again, this time with 38 rounds. It was Quebec’s third consecutive start, backed by Cayden Primo. Against the Nashville and Seattle Kraken, the CH goaltender was targeted with 40 and 42 shots.
The Islanders took an early lead when Casey Cyzikas hit the field goal after 2:25. Anthony Beauvilliers doubled the lead less than four minutes later, on a generous return that Monymbault awarded.
Already starting the game with only 11 strikers, the Canadian had to finish with 10 strikers. Jake Evans, who’s been playing hockey pretty well lately, had an unfortunate injury in the first half, and he didn’t come back after that. After a midcourt encounter, Brook Nelson fell on CH player’s leg. Evans’ teammates had to be helped off the icy surface.
Martin St. Louis’ men will stay in the Big Apple for their next duel on Sunday against the New York Rangers.
20:00 – game over
09:56 – GOAL MTL 2-1 Nick Suzuki made a great individual maneuver and scored the first goal in 12 matches
What a goal for Nick Suzuki! –
06:53 – Jordan Harris tackles Anders Lee. minor penalty
12 o’clock – Beginning of the period
The second period
20:00 – period end
09:34 – Hudson Fasching; Nick Suzuki’s Trips; minor penalty
05:21 – Casey Cyzikas hits Jordan Harris. minor penalty
00:01 – The worst was confirmed in the case of Jake Evans, and the striker will not return to the meeting
12 o’clock – Beginning of the period
The first period
20:00 – period end
19:59 – It appears that Jake Evans was injured in an unusual encounter; No. 71 returns to the bench with the help of his teammates
06:45 – Kirby Dash hooks former Habs defender Alexander Romanov; minor penalty
06:03 – NYI GOAL 2-0 Quebec’s Anthony Beauvillier recovers a fumble and hits the mark; 2-0 in favor of the locals
Beauvilliers doubles the progress of the island’s inhabitants.
02:25 – NYI GOAL 1-0 Casey Cizikas skillfully redirects Noah Dobson’s shot and carrot Take the lead early in the game
Cyzikas opens the scoring against CH –
12 o’clock – The beginning of the game
before the match
CH goes there for 2
Building on its 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday, CH will try to win its third game in four games. Before falling into the claws of the Seattle Kraken on Monday, Martin’s St. Louis men thwarted the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Center.
So the visitors will be attempting to win their second straight game, a feat that dates back to November 25 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Over the last five games, Jonathan Drouin has been the most productive of his team with five points, including two on massive offense. Cole Cofield is hot as a burner with four goals in that period.
Jake Evans, who’s coming out of his shell offensively these days, has also had four points since Jan. 3.
Samuel Montembolt will be in goal and make his third consecutive start.
For the second match in a row, the Habs will rely on a formation of eleven forwards and seven defenders. Mike Hoffman and Michael Pezzetta will still be watching the action from the press box.
win on the way
On the road, the Habs’ last win dates back to December 19th in Arizona. Almost a month later, they hit the Swords with a team trying to get back on track after a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
This 175th meeting between the two clubs is the first of three duels this season. In the three matches between them in 2021-2022, the Islanders picked up at least one point every night (2-0-1).
In their last head-to-head game on April 15, Brook Nelson, Noah Dobson and Zac Parise scored in a 3-0 win over Montreal.
the carrot They’ve only faced Atlantic Division teams four times in the past two months, but they’ve collected at least one point each time (3-0-1), beating their four opponents (Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, Florida) 15-9 on goals.
This will be the first match for defender Aleksandr Romanov against his former team. Selected by the Canadiens in the second round (38th overall) in the 2018 draft, the Muscovite was traded to Long Island on the night of the Bell Center amateur auction in a three-club trade that brought Kirby Dach with the Bleu-White Red.
Romanov scored a career-high against Minnesota on Thursday, recording his 14th point of the campaign. The 23-year-old has blurred the scoresheet in four of the Islanders’ last six wins.
The Russian played 133 games and collected 19 points (four goals and 15 assists) over two seasons with Montreal. He was a member of the Canadiens team that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2021.
Tries and pairs in training:
Cole Cofield Nick Suzuki Kirby Dash
Evgeny Dadonov – Jake Evans – Joel Jeremiah
Juraj Slavkowski – Christian Dvorak – Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman / Michael Pizzetta – Jonathan Drouin – Jesse Ylonen
Joel Edmondson – David Savard
Jordan Harris – Jonathan Kovacevic
Arber Xhekaj – Chris Weidman
Mike Matheson – Justin Barron
See all the pressure points on your CH after your morning workout here:
Martin St. Louis pre-match press briefing –
David Savard’s pre-match press briefing –
Jake Evans’ pre-match press briefing –
Press briefing by Justin Barron before the game –
Joel Edmundson’s pre-match press briefing –
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