Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 2:15 apart in the second period, and Carey Price stopped 35 shots as the Montreal Canadiens dealt the slumping New York Islanders a 3-1 loss on Saturday night.
The Islanders have hit the skids at Nassau Coliseum, their soon-to-be former home once they relocate to Brooklyn next season. New York is 1-3-1 in its last five overall. At home, the Islanders have lost four straight in regulation, including three this week.
Price (38-14-4) bounced back from a loss against Ottawa two nights earlier in which he allowed five goals to stymie the goal-starved Islanders.
He heard chants of "Car-ey, Car-ey" from a large throng of Canadiens fans after a save during a late power play, but lost his shutout bid moments later when Josh Bailey scored with 2:18 left.
Lars Eller made it 3-1 with an empty-net goal.