SUNRISE Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys , Fla. (AP) — Tomas Tatar never thought his game was off track, and he showed that for the Canadiens in their first game after the holiday break.Tatar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night.The left wing scored on a turnover in the first minute and broke a 2-2 tie with a shot that beat goalie Roberto Luongo on the near post in the third period. Tatar had been on a six-game point drought over a nine-day period this month.“I never really thought (my play) was out. We were winning. It’s a team effort every night and it doesn’t really matter who’s going to score, who’s going to produce the most,” Tatar said.Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Deslauriers and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Canadiens, who won their third straight.Henrik Borgstrom, Denis Malgin and Keith Yandle scored for the Panthers, who ended a two-game winning streak www.officialredwings.com , and Mike Hoffman had two assists.Montreal’s Antti Niemi, in for injured Carey Price, and Luongo each stopped 23 shots.“I thought the second and third period (Niemi) played well,” said Claude Julien of Niemi, who gave up seven goals in his last appearance on Dec. 11. “I like the way he reacted (in those periods). The first period maybe a little rusty, but we didn’t help him with the chances we gave them on those goals.“Give him credit for the way he handled himself from the second period on.”Montreal scored twice in the first three minutes. Tatar capitalized on a turnover by defenseman Mike Matheson behind Florida’s net to backhand in his 13th goal just 35 seconds in, and Victor Mete’s long shot struck Deslauriers and flew by Luongo for his second goal at 2:51The lackluster play has not been characteristic of Florida, which had won four of five.“I’d like to say it was a bad team start, but I think a couple of individuals started bad and that (messed up) the rest of us,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said. “We didn’t have a chance to get our third and fourth lines on the ice before it was 2-0.”Florida bounced back with two goals in the frenzied period.Borgstrom took a feed from Mike Hoffman and buried his second goal from the slot at 8:01 Detroit Red Wings T-Shirts Authentic , and Malgin swatted in his fourth goal at 13:53 after Niemi’s paddle save bounced off Paul Byron and went back toward the goal and Malgin in the low slot.After the pace slowed in a scoreless second period, Tatar scored again at 8:54 on a one-timer, just five seconds after Florida got one player back from a 5-on-3 penalty kill.Lehkonen scored at 15:40 for a two-goal edge, and Yandle scored his sixth goal on the power play with 1:16 remaining.Following Yandle’s goal, Florida pulled Luongo and had a couple of great chances in tight on Niemi to tie the contest in the last minute, but Drouin scored his 12th goal into an empty net at 19:37 to seal the win.Boughner said his Panthers, who will play at home against Philadelphia, must get better production out of their top line, which produced just two shots and one Aleksander Barkov assist.NOTES: Montreal placed Price (lower body) on the injured reserve list Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 22 Detroit Red Wings Hoodies Authentic , and said the former Vezina Trophy winner would miss the final three contests on the road trip. The club called up Michael McNiven from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on an emergency basis. … Among Florida’s scratches was F Nick Bjugstad (upper-body), who missed his ninth consecutive game. The Minnesota native was close to returning at the end of the four-game trip before the holiday break but was held out. … The game was the first of four meetings between the teams.UP NEXTCanadiens: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.Panthers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Wilson had extra time to work on his skills while serving a suspension during the first 16 games of the season. It’s paid off in a big way for the Washington Capitals since his return.Wilson scored twice, Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots and the Capitals beat the New York Islanders and former coach Barry Trotz 4-1 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight win.Wilson has six goals and five assists in eight games since joining the lineup, including goals in four straight games.“I had lots of time, worked on a little bit of everything,” he said. “I just tried to make sure I could pick up where we left off last year. We were playing some pretty good hockey at the end of last year, some pretty good chemistry going. I just wanted to make sure I jumped in and do whatever I can to get up to speed.”Capitals coach Todd Rierden has noticed the difference in Wilson’s play.“His overall puck handling is at a different level than it’s been in the past,” Rierden said. “It comes back to him maximizing his opportunity and he’s been outstanding for us.”Nic Dowd and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington, which won after giving up the first goal for the fifth time during its win streak that has catapulted the defending champions to first place in the Metropolitan Division.“We’ve had some slow starts recently,” Rierden said. “It seems to help engage our group right away and raise the desperation and urgency. That’s not a real recipe for success but it seems to be working right now.”Valtteri Filppula scored and Thomas Greiss finished with 20 saves for the Islanders Detroit Red Wings Hats Authentic , who were playing for the fourth time in six days and snapped a two-game win streak.“I didn’t feel we had as much juice as we did against Carolina (on Saturday) and the other games,” Trotz said. “We just didn’t. … We didn’t have the legs under us that we usually have when we’re fresh.”Trotz was facing the Capitals for first time since leading them to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in June. Trotz also guided Washington to the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and then resigned in a contract dispute and subsequently signed with Islanders.Trotz, Islanders assistant coach Lane Lambert and goalie coach Mitch Korn, received their championship rings in the Capitals’ dressing room before the game and addressed their former players.Holtby stopped 15 shots in the third to improve to 15-4-3 in 22 career games against the Islanders.“It’s one of those games we had to grind out,” Holtby said. “Got some big plays, big shots at important times. … (The Islanders) had a lot of traffic in front. They were doing stuff that Barry preaches.”Leading 2-1, Washington had a two-man advantage for 1½ minutes. After several attempts were stopped during the 5-on-3, Wilson beat Greiss in front about 15 seconds after the Islanders’ first penalty expired for a power-play goal to push the Capitals’ lead to 3-1 with 5:39 left.Ovechkin added an empty-netter with 22 seconds remaining for his 18th of the season, tying him with Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner for second in the league.Tied 1-1 after one period, New York nearly regained the lead early in the second as Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen almost stuffed the rebound of Pulock’s shot off Holtby and across the goal line. After a review the no-goal call stood as officials confirmed the puck didn’t cross the line.Dowd then put the Capitals ahead 2-1 at 7:58 of the middle period as he took a drop pass from Dmitrij Jaskin in the right circle and beat Greiss on the glove side for his third. It came on Washington’s second shot on goal of the period.Filppula opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game with a backhander past Holtby’s glove side for his seventh.Wilson tied it at 2:50 as his shot from the right faceoff dot beat Greiss through the legs.NOTES: Nicklas Backstrom had assists on both of Wilson’s goals Custom Detroit Red Wings Jerseys , pushing him past Peter Bondra for second place on the Capitals’ career points list with 826. … John Carlson had an assist on Dowd’s goal, tying him with Kevin Hatcher for third on the Capitals’ career list for assists by a defenseman with 277. … The Capitals improved to 12-4-3 in their last 19 games vs. the Islanders. … Filppula, who has scored in two straight games, has eight points in the last seven games. … F Leo Komarov had an assist on Filppula’s goal, giving him six points the last seven games.UP NEXTCapitals: Host New Jersey on Friday night.Islanders: At Boston on Thursday night.