Sorokin blanks Montreal in Price's return

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The hockey world mourned the passing of a legend on Friday, as Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Bossy died at the age of 65. Bossy announced in October that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Our deepest condolences go out to Mike’s family, friends and fans for their loss.

Bossy, who was born in Montreal, spent his entire career with the New York Islanders. He was a pure goal scorer and his time in the NHL was cut short far too short because of a chronic back problem.

He lit the lamp 573 times in 752 games, while being the only player to record nine straight 50-goal seasons. That is remarkable considering he played a mere 10 years. Bossy also had five campaigns of 60 or more goals and he was one of only eight players in NHL history to have 50 goals in his first 50 games of a season.

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NY ISLANDERS 3 MONTREAL 0

The Islanders bounced back from Thursday’s loss to Pittsburgh and won for the second time in three games this week.

The return of Carey Price wasn’t enough for the Canadiens to end their losing streak, which currently stands at four games.

Price stopped 17 of 19 shots in his season debut. It was his first start since Jan. 7, 2021 during the Stanley Cup Final.

Ilya Sorokin was the star between the pipes in the contest, though, with 44 saves for his seventh shutout of the season. He ranks second in the league in that category, just two behind Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom. Sorokin has 25 wins on the year.

Zach Parise opened the scoring 4:25 into the third period and it held up as the game winner. He has scored four times during a three-game goal streak.

Noah Dobson and Brock Nelson (empty-netter) also scored third-period goals for New York. Nelson also added an assist.

Mathew Barzal, Kieffer Bellows, Kyle Palmieri and Anders Lee picked up an assist each.

Bellows and Josh Anderson registered six hits apiece.

Jeff Petry had a game-high six shots.

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WINNIPEG 1 FLORIDA 6

The Panthers have won nine straight games, while the Jets’ two-game win streak is over.

Jonathan Huberdeau extended his point streak to 13 consecutive contests with two goals and one assist in the match. He has 30 goals and 108 points on the season.

Gustav Forsling also scored a pair of goals for Florida on Friday.

Nikolaj Ehlers got Winnipeg on the board at the 1:08 mark of the third period. The Jets were outshot by a 17-5 margin in the final frame of regulation, but Ehlers still managed to stretch his personal best point spree to eight games.

Claude Giroux collected three assists, while Sam Reinhart picked up two helpers.

Mason Marchment and Maxim Mamin had the other goals for Florida. They both scored in the third period.

Paul Stastny, Neal Pionk, Sam Bennett, Patric Hornqvist, Ben Chiarot, MacKenzie Weegar and Brandon Montour contributed one assist each.

Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 30 of 31 shots for his 36th victory of the season. He established a new Panthers record for wins in a year by a goalie.

Connor Hellebuyck permitted four goals on 26 shots prior to being pulled after two periods of work. Eric Comrie shielded 15 of 17 shots in relief.