- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

MONTREAL (AP) - Dale Weise has never been so hot, all least in the NHL.

The Montreal winger scored his eighth goal of the season and the Canadiens got a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Weise was only ever known as a scoring star when he had 48 points in 19 games in the Netherlands during the 2011-12 lockout - there, he earned the nickname “Dutch Gretzky.”

Now the 27-year-old has taken over the team lead in goals, only two short of his career high of 10 set last season, with five in the last four games.

“I don’t really pay attention to individual stats,” Weise said. “I’m just glad our line is playing well and contributing the way we are.

“We’re scoring some big goals for our team.”

Weise and linemates David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann each have six points in the last four games.

Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored 1:33 apart in the third period and Tomas Plekanec added an empty-net goal for Montreal. The Canadiens are 3-0-1 since Mike Condon replaced injured Carey Price as the starting goaltender and 12-2-1 overall.

Kyle Okposo scored and the Islanders lost for the fourth time in five games, including two overtime defeats. Isles captain John Tavares returned from missing three games with an illness and had a few chances, including missing an open net from the doorstep, but was kept off the scoresheet.

A tight-checking game turned on a lucky break at 6:22 of the third period when a puck went off linesman Michel Cormier and set up a 2-on-1. Fleischmann then fed Desharnais for the go-ahead goal.

“Obviously they got a break there,” Okposo said. “We hadn’t given them a lot offensively.

“They didn’t have much going. It was a kind of a ping-pong match, but they got a break when they needed it.”

“It’s unbelievable - it happens in Buffalo (a 2-1 loss on Nov. 1) and it happened again,” Isles coach Jack Capuano said. “I thought we had a good game plan and we played a good hockey team really well. It’s too bad it came down to that.”

Montreal had a 24-18 shot advantage and beat former Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak for only the second time in six meetings.

The Canadiens have not skipped a beat since Price suffered an undisclosed injury last week in Edmonton. Condon, a 25-year-old rookie from Needham, Massachusetts, has allowed nine goals in six games. He is 5-0-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.

“His saves aren’t miraculous, his positioning is excellent,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. “He’s been able to work with the best goalie in the world and that also helps.”

Weise was in the slot to redirect Jeff Petry’s feed past Halak on a power play at 18:50 of the first period.

The Canadiens had just killed a penalty when Okposo skated through the defense into the slot and beat Condon with a wrist shot 3:35 into the second frame.

After Desharnais scored, Gallagher was on the doorstep to deflect Max Pacioretty’s shot between Halak’s pads at 7:55.

Plekanec got his sixth of the season into an empty net at 17:57.

NOTES: Montreal killed all three Islander power plays and has yet to allow a short-handed goal at home in 23 chances this season. … The Canadiens complete a four-game homestand Saturday against Boston. The Isles play host to the Bruins on Sunday.


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