MONTREAL (AP) -- Jose Theodore posted his second shutout of the season, and Yanic Perreault, Marcel Hossa and Andreas Dackell
scored to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Theodore stopped 34 shots for his 19th career shutout. He has
allowed three goals in his last five games, including a 4-0 win in
Toronto on Oct. 11.
Montreal has not allowed opponents more than one goal in six
games since a season-opening 5-2 loss in Ottawa.
Perreault beat New York goalie Rick DiPietro for his fourth goal of the season 5:25 in, and Hossa scored his second with 2:00 left in the second.
Dackell closed the scoring with his second goal, late in the
third, as Montreal ended the Islanders' four-game unbeaten streak
DiPietro, who has started four of New York's last five games,
lost for the first time in five games this season. He allowed more
than two goals for the first time, yet his goals-against-average
only rose from 0.86 to 1.30.
Islanders leading scorer Mariusz Czerkawski was booed virtually
every time he touched the puck. Czerkawski, who returned to New
York as a free agent after his contract was bought out by Montreal,
scored just five goals in 43 games with the Canadiens last season
before he was benched and sent to the minors.
Montreal captain Saku Koivu was originally scheduled to make his
season debut but instead missed his seventh straight game as he
recovers from a sprained right knee.
Perreault put the Canadiens up 1-0 shortly after DiPietro
stopped his first scoring chance. Montreal rookie Michael Ryder
recovered Perreault's rebound and passed to the Canadiens center
from the left side. Given a second chance, Perreault set himself
and put a wrist shot into the top right corner.
DiPietro made a sensational sprawling save at 11:00 of the
second, diving to stop Donald Audette's shot with the wide blade of
Hossa made it a two-goal lead at 18:00, waiting for Mike
Ribeiro's behind-the-net pass and burying a shot from the edge of
the crease when he was left unattended by two Islanders defensemen.
Dackell scored his second goal with 2:22 remaining.
The Islanders won three of four against Montreal last
season. ... Theodore has five shutouts in 17 career appearances
against the Islanders. ... Montreal has outscored opponents 17-4 in
its last six games. ... Canadiens D Stephane Quintal was struck in
the face by a puck midway through the third period when he
deflected a slap shot by New York's Alexei Yashin. He left the game
briefly before returning.