- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Saku Koivu scored the first of Montreal’s three power-play goals, and Alex Kovalev had three assists as the Canadiens opened a season-ending road stretch with a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

The Canadiens (40-27-10), who vaulted over the New York Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, netted two goals in each of the first two periods and cruised to a critical win over the last-place team in the NHL.

Mathieu Schneider and fellow defenseman Andrei Markov also scored power-play goals _ set up by Kovalev _ and Alex Tanguay and defenseman Mike Komisarek added even-strength tallies for the Canadiens, playing four of their final six on the road as they push for the playoffs.

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