John Tavares of the New York Islanders carries the puck into the offensive zone as Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks gives chase during the first period in NHL action on November 13, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Matt Moulson tallied during a four-goal second period for New York as the Islanders hung on for a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
"It was interesting at the end, but we battled and played some good hockey tonight," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said.
"Day-to-day right now, obviously he's got something there but we don't know until he gets reevaluated," Capuano said of Nabokov.
"The first 30 minutes especially, we gave them too many scoring chances and they got people who are going to capitalize," Montreal head coach Jacques Martin said.
Parenteau got the Islanders on the board first, 43 seconds into the second period after Budaj failed to play the puck from behind the boards. The puck caromed off Budaj's stick and into the slot, where Parenteau backhanded it home.
A few minutes later, Josh Bailey found Pandolfo in the slot from the right point, and Pandolfo one-timed it past Budaj for a 2-0 lead.
Streit made it a 3-0 game nine minutes into the second by pouncing on a loose puck in the crease and tipping it in.
The Habs came back later in second period, though. Lars Eller intercepted Mike Mottau in his own zone, found Pacioretty with a pass from the left point, and Pacioretty snapped it past DiPietro with 5:08 to go in the second period.
Cole made it a 3-2 game just 2:46 later. Raphael Diaz wristed a shot from the right point and Cole wristed home the rebound.
But the Islanders responded, as Moulson tallied just 37 seconds later to push the lead back to two. DiPietro started the play with a pass to John Tavares at center ice. Tavares moved in on the right wing and dropped a pass off to Moulson, who flicked it past Budaj from just outside the right circle.
Gionta made it 4-3 with 4:18 left in the game on the power play, but DiPietro came up big in the final moments as the Islanders hung on for the victory.