Ilkanders head coach Lane Lambert looks on from the bench...

Ilkanders head coach Lane Lambert looks on from the bench during the second period against the Wild at UBS Arena on Thursday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Coach Lane Lambert challenged his players to put the puck on net with better accuracy. The players challenged each other to win after four straight losses.

“There’s been conversations,” Anders Lee said after the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night at UBS Arena. “That stays with us in the room. But holding guys to a standard that we believe in. We believe in this group. We believe in one another. Sticking with each other, having each other’s backs and demanding the best from the guy sitting next to you and yourself. It’s an accountability thing and that’s what gives you successes, having guys that you trust.”

Meanwhile, Lambert believes the Islanders’ recent scoring struggles — they have scored seven goals in five games — can be alleviated with better shooting accuracy. “When we get our Grade-A opportunities, we have to hit the net,” Lambert said. “It’s that simple. Part of that is because we’re squeezing our sticks. The guys know there’s been some goal-scoring drought and they’re trying to be too fine.

“If you miss the net, you can’t score,” Lambert said. “My dad told me that when I was 5 years old.”

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The Islanders celebrated Hall of Famer Mike Bossy’s legacy as part of their series of legends nights . . . There was a pregame tribute for Gerrin Hagen, 18, a hockey player from Long Beach who died on Friday after being struck by a car . . . The Islanders’ penalty kill was 2-for-2, allowing the Canadiens only two shots, and is 10-for-10 in the last four games . . . RW Kyle Palmieri and D Adam Pelech, both on injured reserve recovering from suspected head injuries, continued to practice with teammates during Saturday’s morning skate. There’s still no timetable for their return . . . LW Ross Johnston remained a healthy scratch.

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