Islanders 4, Canadiens 0
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Tommy Salo made 21 saves for his league-leading fourth shutout and Mariusz Czerkawski scored his first two goals this season as the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 Thursday night.
Barry Richter and Robert Reichel also scored for the Islanders, who evened their record at 8-8-0 _ the sixth time this season New York reached the .500 mark.
Salo, who faced few tough chances, has started all 16 games for the Islanders. Half of his wins have been shutouts.
Montreal was shut out for the second straight game, after losing to New Jersey 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Jocelyn Thibault made his first start in five games for the Canadiens and turned aside 21 shots. Thibeau hasn’t won since a 3-2 victory over Ottawa on Oct. 21.
The first period had few whistles early on, as the teams played a stretch of over four minutes without a stoppage. The only goal of the period came with 1:25 left, as Richter snuck in from the point and deflected Ted Donato’s pass past Thibault.
Czerkawski scored twice in the second period to put New York up 3-0. He beat Thibault with a wrist shot from the right circle at 4:53 and put a backhander past the goalie’s pads at 8:56.
Reichel picked up his fourth goal 13 seconds into the third. With a sweeping motion, he knocked the puck away from defenseman Patrice Brisebois and between Thibault’s pads.