These things sometimes happen: A playoff-bound team has a kinda-need-but-don't-really-need-to-win game against a non-playoff team with lots of young job-chasers who have nothing to lose.

Playoff team comes out flat, gets worse during the second period, suffers a break that puts them behind and voila: They never climb back, so the New York Islanders shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in Montreal in what was, surely this time, Nabokov's final shutout.

There was even some rich (albeit costly and painful) irony in how the Isles got their two goals. The first came from Ryan Strome, when the Isles finally cashed in a five-minute power play after Douglas Murray knocked Johan Sundstrom out of the game [video/giffage this way]. The second came from Brock Nelson on another power play, thanks to a penalty by ... none other than temporary Isle Thomas Vanek.