UNIONDALE, N.Y., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- P.A. Parenteau touched off a four-goal New York second period Thursday and the Islanders hung on to nip Montreal 4-3.
New York broke a four-game losing streak and won for just the fifth time this season, the smallest victory total in the Eastern Conference.
Parenteau scored on a backhander 41 seconds into the middle period, after which Jay Pandolfo and Mark Streit tallied to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.
Brian Gionta's power-play with 4:18 left in regulation again brought Montreal within one, but Budaj finished off the victory by making 29 saves.