ISLANDERS 3, CANADIENS 2 (SO): Josh Bailey scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout as New York halted a five-game losing streak by edging Montreal in the opener of its five-game road trip.
Frans Nielsen recorded a goal and an assist, captain Mark Streit also scored and Al Montoya made 28 saves for the Islanders, who had lost seven of eight on the road and four of five in Montreal.
After Montoya stopped defenseman Andrei Markov's slap shot on the Canadiens' sixth-round attempt, Bailey put a wrist shot just inside the left post to send New York to just its third win in 11 contests.
Montreal took the lead less than three minutes into the contest as Aaron Palushaj scored his first goal in 32 career games. The rookie banked a backhander off Montoya and into the net from along the end line on the left side.
Streit forged a tie with a power-play tally two minutes into the second period. The defenseman carried the puck down the ice from deep in his own zone and beat Peter Budaj from the doorstep for his sixth goal.
The play ruffled the feathers of the Canadiens' coaches as New York's Matt Moulson set a pick on a Montreal defender at the blue line, allowing Streit a clear path down the slot.
Nielsen ended an 11-game goalless drought with just under four minutes remaining to give the Islanders a 2-1 edge, beating Budaj high to the glove side from the right faceoff dot. But rookie Louis Leblanc put a backhander into the top right corner of the net 3:38 into the third to again knot the contest.
Budaj turned aside 36 shots for the Canadiens, who have earned at least one point in six straight (3-0-3).
GAME NOTEBOOK: Streit's goal extended his points streak to four games. It also was the captain's 40th point, marking the fourth consecutive season he has reached the plateau. ... Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban notched an assist on Leblanc's tally, giving him nine points in as many games. ... Markov returned to the lineup after missing one contest with an upper-body injury. ... Montoya made his first start since Feb. 16 and first appearance since Feb. 20 due to an upper-body injury.