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NHL: Montreal 5, N.Y. Islanders 4

Nov. 1, 2008 at 10:54 PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Alexei Kovalev scored the game-winner in a four-goal third period Saturday when the Montreal Canadiens rallied to edge the New York Islanders 5-4.

Kovalev scored at 15:19 of the third period to complete a two-goal, two assist performance.

Montreal center Thomas Plekanec also had two goals and two assists, with both goals scored in the third period. Christopher Higgins scored once.

Andrei Markov also had two assists, while goalie Carey Price was credited with 27 saves on 31 shots for the Canadiens, who have won three straight and eight of nine.

New York's Frans Nielsen had a goal and assist. Three others scored once.

Both Trent Hunter and Doug Weight had two assists, while goalie Yann Danis was beaten five times on 32 shots in the Islanders' sixth straight loss.

They have lost six in a row and eight of their last 10 games against Montreal.

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