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MONTREAL 4, ISLANDERS 2

Thursday, 12.7.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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MONTREAL 4, ISLANDERS 2
Koivu's three-point effort too much for Islanders

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By Jason Lockhart

Saku Koivu tallied two power play goals and an assist Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders. Cristobal Huet stopped 25 shots for his 11th win of the season.

Just 1:25 into the game, Arron Asham tipped Jason Blake's sharp angle shot to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Mike Sillinger also assisted on Asham's fourth goal of the season.

Craig Rivet tied the game at one on a deflected wrist shot, 5:36 into the first period. The Canadiens went up 2-1 on a goal by Guillaume Latendresse with 29.8 seconds left in the first period.

The second period saw the Canadiens and Islanders trade goals.

Koivu put the Habs up 3-1 off a rebound while on the power with 6:51 past in the second period.

With 8:53 gone in the second period, Mike Sillinger countered with a power play goal of his own to cut the Habs lead to one. Sean Hill slapped a pass to the front of the net and Sillinger deflected it home on the backhand for his eighth goal of the season.

Another power play goal by Koivu put Montreal up 4-2, 5:10 into the third period.

A late power play gave the Islanders a chance, but Huet made a number of difficult saves to hold on for the win.


Quotes:
Ted Nolan:
"Certain games guys don't have it. We tried to shake-up the lines, but it didn't work too well."

Rick DiPietro: "Penalties always make it harder. Their penalty kill is tough and they have a good power play too. We needed to stay out of the box against this team."

Blake Comeau: "It was disappointing to not get the two points in my first game, so hopefully we can bounce back on Saturday. It was an easy transition playing with my new linemates. They communicate well and talked to me a lot on the bench."


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Saku Koivu:
A three-point night for the Finn
2. Sheldon Souray: Two assists and six blocked shots
3. Michael Ryder: Two assists and a team-high seven shots
4. Mike Sillinger: Tallied a power play goal
5. Sean Hill: An assist and six hits


Stat of the Game: Montreal blocked 31 shots.

Fans of the Game: Matt Carroll from Westbury has been teaching his girlfriend, Jessie Hughes from Hicksville to become an Islanders fan, since she recently moved to Long Island. "I've been telling her she lives on Long Island now, so she has to be an Islanders fan. It's pretty simple."

Game Operations: During the second period, the Game Board featured the "Down on the Farm" segment, which included 2006 sixth-round pick Rhett Rakhshani, 2005 first-round pick Ryan O'Marra and the 2006 first-round pick Kyle Okposo. The piece concluded with Okposo's between-the-legs goal against Minnesota State last weekend. Some tricky special effects were used to highlight the stick and puck between his legs.

Slapshots: D'Brickashaw Ferguson and the rest of the Jets offensive line were in the attendance for tonight's game. "It's very exciting," said tackle Ed Blanton. "I've never been to a hockey game before. The Islanders have been great to all of us tonight."...Attendance was 9,551...Following the game, Bruno Gervais spoke in English and French to a group of children visiting from Canada.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
12 Chris Simon - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 11 Andy Hilbert
45 Arron Asham - 18 Mike Sillinger - 55 Jason Blake
10 Richard Park - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
33 Eric Boguniecki - 17 Shawn Bates - 57 Blake Comeau


MONTREAL
Goaltenders
39 Cristobal Huet
30 David Aebischer

Defensemen
44 Sheldon Souray - 25 Mathieu Dandenault
6   Janne Niinimaa - 8   Mike Komisarek
51 Francis Bouillon - 52 Craig Rivet
32 Mark Streit

Forwards
73 Michael Ryder - 11 Saku Koivu - 84 Guillaume Latendresse
27 Alexei Kovalev - 35 Tomas Plekanec - 15 Sergei Samsonov
20 Mike Johnson - 14 Radek Bonk - 42 Alexander Perezhogin
57 Garth Murray - 22 Steve Begin

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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