Canadiens beat Islanders 4-2 to end 4-game slide

Created: 11/10/2013 8:05 PM

(AP) MONTREAL - Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists, and the Montreal Canadiens ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Their linemate, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival also scored to help Canadiens coach Michel Therrien earn his 250th NHL win.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brock Nelson had the goals for the Islanders, who ended a four-game road trip without a point. Montreal had a 31-26 advantage in shots.

The Islanders played their second game in less than 24 hours and were without recently acquired forward Thomas Vanek, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 5-2 loss Saturday night in Columbus.

New York’s penalty-killing woes on the road trip continued as Montreal went 2 for 5 with the man advantage. The Isles killed off only nine of 17 penalties in the four games.

After a scoreless first period, Gallagher was sent in on the right side and beat backup goalie Kevin Poulin with a wrist shot 1:46 into the second.

Bouchard got it back when his shot from the top of the left circle beat Carey Price at 7:23, ending a string of 21 penalty kills over six games by the Canadiens.

Fatigue set in late in the period for New York and Eller one-timed Galchenyuk’s cross-ice pass for his first goal in 13 games. Bournival tipped in Raphael Diaz’s point shot from the slot at 19:04.

Nelson closed the gap to one goal on a power play 4:10 into the third when John Tavares’ pass went in off his skate at the edge of the crease.

Gallagher caused a turnover in the New York end and started a tic-tac-toe play that ended with Galchenyuk redirecting the puck under Poulin at 10:37.

NOTES: Montreal forward Travis Moen left after the first period with the flu. ... Forward Gabriel Dumont was called up from Hamilton of the AHL and George Parros sat out. ... IIHF President Rene Fasel was in attendance, as was former Soviet goaltending great Vladislav Tretiak, who was applauded by the Bell Centre crowd. ... Hard times for struggling Canadiens center David Desharnais: Even new Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted that Desharnais should be given a one-way ticket to Hamilton.