Ilya Sorokin stops career-best 44 shots as Islanders shut out Canadiens, 3-0

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Ilya Sorokin closeup shot white uniform no opponent
Ilya Sorokin closeup shot white uniform no opponent

MONTREAL (AP) — Ilya Sorokin made a career-high 44 saves to tie the New York franchise record for shutouts in a season with seven, helping the Islanders spoil Carey Price’s season debut in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

Before the game, the Canadiens recognized Islanders great and Montreal native Mike Bossy with a tribute and moment of silence. Bossy died late Thursday at 65.

Price stopped 17 shots, giving up goals to Zach Parise and Noah Dobson in a 1:44 span in the third period. Brock Nelson added an empty-net goal.

Price played for the first time since Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final in July. He spent months recovering from offseason knee surgery, but paused his rehabilitation after voluntarily entering the NHL’s player assistance program last fall. He has said he entered the program for substance abuse and in January noted his career could be in jeopardy.

Sorokin has 10 career shutouts. He tied the team record set by Chico Resch in 1975-76 and matched by Semyon Varlamov last season.

Corey Schueneman turned over the puck in the offensive zone, leading to Parise’s goal. Mat Barzal set up the score at 4:25. Dobson then beat Price from the right faceoff circle at 6:09.

UP NEXT

Islanders: At Toronto on Sunday night.

Canadiens: Host Washington on Saturday night.