What it means: After dropping 10 of their last 11 games, the Islanders snapped a four-game skid with an 4-3 win over Montreal. The surging Canadiens -- coming off a 4-0 shutout win over Carolina on Wednesday -- pulled within a goal in the third period, but the Islanders held on for the win despite an early change in net.
Nabokov injured: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov left the game early in the first after suffering a groin injury. Nabokov went down in obvious pain after making a save on Montreal’s Yannick Weber. According to a team spokesperson, he will be re-evaluated Friday.
Coming in cold: For the second time this season, goaltender Rick DiPietro entered the game cold under tenuous circumstances. DiPietro made his first appearance of the season Oct. 27 to relieve an injured Nabokov in the shootout against the Penguins. He entered the game Tuesday with 12:05 minutes left in the first period and made 24 saves to earn the second star of the game.
Four-spot second: The Islanders scored four times in the second period to take a two-goal lead into the third period. PA Parenteau, Mark Streit, Jay Pandolfo and Matt Moulson all tallied in the middle frame. With his 6th goal of the season, Moulson extended his point streak to five games.
Century club: Pandolfo scored his 100th career goal with a tip-in past Habs backup Peter Budaj 3:01 into the second. The 37-year-old veteran, who made the Islanders team as a training camp tryout, got himself on the scoresheet for the first time this season.
Friends and foes: Childhood friends John Tavares and PK Subban squared off in Thursday’s match at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares recorded his third assist in as many games, picking up a helper on Moulson's wrist shot at 18:15 of the second.
Okposo sits again: 23-year-old forward Kyle Okposo sat for a second straight game against Montreal. Okposo, held without a goal in the first 14 games of the season, was the healthy scratch for the first time in his career against the Rangers on Tuesday.
One-year anniversary: Tuesday’s game marks the one-year anniversary of coach Jack Capuano's first game behind the bench for the Islanders since replacing Scott Gordon. Capuano, who assumed interim coaching duties when Gordon was fired Nov. 15, made his debut two days later in the Islanders' 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.