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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at NY Islanders



(Wednesday, November 21st)

Final Score: Montreal 4, NY Islanders 1

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Steve Begin had two goals, as Montreal downed the New York Islanders, 4-1, at Nassau Coliseum.

Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has alternated losses and wins over its last six contests. Mathieu Dandenault and Bryan Smolinski each recorded two assists, while Cristobal Huet turned aside 44 shots.

Mike Comrie tallied the lone goal for the Islanders, who had a two-game winning streak and their streak of games decided by one goal broken. New York became the first team in NHL history to play seven straight games that were decided by one goal in regulation time. They were 5-2-0 in those contests. Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 33 shots in the loss.

"We just didn't have it tonight for whatever reason," said Islanders coach Ted Nolan. "We got out of the gate real slow, we weren't sharp, we gave away that first goal, the power play wasn't clicking. There are going to be days when things just don't work and today was one of them."

A costly miscue behind DiPietro led to Begin giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 56 seconds into the contest. Andy Sutton and Bryan Berard got their wires crossed and Smolinski intercepted the puck. Smolinski threw the puck out front and Begin finished the play by drilling a snap shot from the left circle over DiPietro's shoulder.

The first period featured 25 shots on goal with 13 coming from the Canadiens.

In the middle stanza, Montreal scored two goals in a span of 64 seconds to extend its lead to 3-0.

Higgins used a power move around Chris Campoli and drove to the net, but Berard inadvertently flicked the puck over DiPietro at the 6:14 mark. The goal came one second after a tripping penalty to Trent Hunter had expired.

Then Begin streaked into the attacking zone, pulled up at the top of the right circle, and wristed the puck over the glove of DiPietro.

Plekanec's power-play goal with 6:38 remaining in the second made it 4-0. Plekanec started the play by throwing the puck to Patrice Brisebois at the left point. Brisebois passed the puck down low to Alex Kovalev at the right corner, and he zipped a feed through the crease that Plekanec tipped behind DiPietro.

Late in the second, Mike Komisarek was assessed a double minor for high- sticking, giving New York a 5-on-3 man-advantage for 39 seconds. The Islanders failed to score and Komisarek's penalty carried over to the third, but New York came away empty-handed.

Comrie broke the shutout with 3:50 remaining in the third when his wrister from the bottom of the left circle beat Huet on the stick-side.

"It's secondary, like a bonus," said Huet, commenting on just missing a shutout. "I'll take the win any day."

Game Notes

Montreal has won seven of 11 and eight of the 13 meetings...Montreal improves to 7-3-1 on the road and New York falls to 7-3-0 at home...New York's Josef Vasicek had his three-game goal-scoring streak broken...The Canadiens ran their record to 10-2-3 when scoring first...Attendance was 13,153.

11/21 23:27:21 ET

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