- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

MONTREAL (AP) - Kyle Okposo’s goal 26 seconds into overtime gave the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Okposo, who scored for the fourth consecutive game, gave New York its second win in a row with his 16th goal when he slipped a shot under Carey Price’s pads from the right edge of the crease.

Former Canadiens goalie Yann Danis made 24 saves as the Islanders, who have the fewest points in the NHL, improved to 2-1 against Montreal this season.

Frans Nielsen’s power-play goal early in the third gave New York a 2-1 lead after rookie Mike Iggulden tied the game at 1 with his first NHL tally midway through the first.

Tom Kostopoulos drew Montreal even at 2 midway through the third. Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring with his 19th goal on a power play 5:04 in.



Carey Price stopped 36 shots, including a spectacular glove save on Jeff Tambellini’s shot with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to help Montreal secure a point.

The Canadiens are 1-0-1 in two games since general manager Bob Gainey took over as coach after firing Guy Carbonneau.

Nielsen put the Islanders up 2-1 when he deflected Mark Streit’s point shot past Price for a power-play goal 51 seconds into the third.

Montreal was short-handed after Gregory Stewart had an unsportsmanlike conduct minor added to his fighting major for his bout with Tim Jackman 7 seconds into the period.

Kostopoulos directed Andrei Markov’s centering pass into an open right side at 9:14 for his eighth goal of the season.

Plekanec opened the scoring 5:04 in with a power-play goal moments after he had one disallowed on an earlier advantage. He circled back and beat Danis with a wrist shot from the right circle for his 19th goal.

Montreal missed an opportunity to take a two-goal lead while killing a penalty moments later when Danis stopped Chris Higgins on a short-handed breakaway.

Iggulden tied it with his first NHL goal at 11:33. Iggulden, who had four assists in his first three games after he was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Saturday, took Blake Comeau’s centering pass from behind the net and put a shot past Price.

Referee Don Koharski immediately waved off Plekanec’s goal 1:46 in. A video review backed up Koharski’s ruling that Plekanec’s stick made contact above the crossbar when he batted a rebound of Andrei Markov’s shot.

Notes: Danis went 3-2 and posted a 2.69 goals-against-average in six games with Montreal early in the 2005-06 season, including a shutout in his NHL debut. … Iggulden made his NHL debut with San Jose last season and failed to record a point in his only game. … Alex Kovalev had the flu and didn’t dress for Montreal. … Canadiens D Patrice Brisebois was a healthy scratch for a fourth straight game. His next game will be the 1,000th of his career.

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