Goaltender Thomas Greiss bottled up Colorado’s fast-flying offense, Johnny Boychuk scored his first goal of the season and the New York Islanders beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night.

Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored while Valtteri Filppula added an empty-netter as the Islanders began a four-game trip in fine fashion. Greiss made 30 saves and helped put an end to Mikko Rantanen’s string of 14 straight games with at least a point. The streak was tied for the Avalanche’s third-longest since the team moved to town in 1995-96.

Gabriel Landeskog scored Colorado’s only goal.

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, left, stops a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, right, as New York defenseman Ryan Pulock covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, left, stops a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, right, as New York defenseman Ryan Pulock covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Semyon Varlamov struggled yet again, allowing three goals on 20 shots. He’s surrendered 21 over his last five appearances.

New York found some traction on its shaky power play, getting goals from Boychuk and Lee in the second period.

There was a scary moment late in the second when Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey missed a check on Tyson Jost, slid across the ice and crashed his head and back into the boards. He was helped off the ice by trainers and didn’t return. Moments later, center Brock Nelson gingerly skated off after being hit in the left leg on a knee check from Ian Cole that drew a penalty.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov allows a shot off the stick of New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk to go in for a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov allows a shot off the stick of New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk to go in for a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Lee took advantage to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. That was more than enough for Greiss.

Down 2-0 in the second, Landeskog tipped in a shot from Tyson Barrie for a power-play goal. It was Barrie’s 207th career assist, tying him with John-Michael Liles for the most among defensemen in franchise history.

Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost, left, collects the puck as New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost, left, collects the puck as New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

This was a bizarre occurrence: Joshua Ho-Sang was called for two separate hooking penalties before the whistle was blown in the second period. He was assessed four minutes, but Colorado couldn’t capitalize.

Eberle staked the Islanders a 1-0 lead with 1:40 remaining in the first period. It was Eberle’s seventh goal of the season and first since Nov. 23.

NOTES: Boychuk was a second-round pick by Colorado in 2002 before being traded in 2008. … F Alexander Kerfoot (upper body injury) could resume skating with the team Tuesday at practice. He’s missed four straight games. … Colorado recalled C Sheldon Dries from the Colorado Eagles of the AHL. The team reassigned D Mark Alt and F A.J. Greer to the Eagles. … Colorado dropped to 1-3-1 over its last five games.

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, center, drives to the net for a shot between New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, back, and defenseman Ryan Pulock in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, center, drives to the net for a shot between New York Islanders center Brock Nelson, back, and defenseman Ryan Pulock in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

UP NEXT

Islanders: Game No. 2 of their trip is Tuesday in Arizona.

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, passes the puck by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, passes the puck by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Avalanche: Host Montreal on Wednesday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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