Uniondale, NY - It has been nearly two years since Al Montoya has started as a goalkeeper in the National Hockey League. The keeper continues to shine in helping to lead the Islanders (22-30-7) to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings (32-23-4) in hockey action on Saturday night.
Montoya likes what he is seeing so far on the Island as he was able to get two goals from winger Matt Moulson along with a goal from Frans Nielsen to help cap the victory. New York has now won six of the last 10 games they played in February.
The first star of the game was impressive, making 35 saves for his second career shutout since April 9, 2009. Of course the victory would not be complete without better defensive play by the Islanders, including the play of Travis Hamonic in the defensive zone.
New York got on the board first as center Frans Nielsen (7) tallied a short-handed goal at the 5:01 mark in the first period of play. Nielsen was able to get a perfect dish from Michael Grabner, who earlier on stole the puck from Los Angeles.
One of Montoya’s biggest saves of the night was a beautiful snow angel with 3:11 left in the second period, denying Kings winger Justin Williams of a goal. It was a huge momentum builder for New York as that save would stop Los Angeles from taking advantage of a power play opportunity.
It then became the Matt Moulson show, as the winger was able to score family bragging rights against his brother-in-law Jonathan Quick, who just so happens to be in the cage for the Kings. Moulson (23) got his first of the game at the 6:54 mark of the second period of play, before capping the night off at the 13:40 mark of the third.
New York looks to win its seventh game this month as they host the Florida Panthers for a 1:00 p.m. face off on Presidents’ Day.