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NHL: Montreal 3, New York Islanders 0

Dec. 20, 2009 at 12:12 AM

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Andrei Markov scored two power-play goals in his first game since the season opener Saturday to lead Montreal past the New York Islanders 3-0.

Jaroslav Halak kept the puck out of the net while being peppered with 40 shots to record his fifth career shutout and first of the season.

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Glen Metropolit also scored on the power-play for the Canadiens, who ended their five-game losing streak.

Martin Brion faced 28 shots in the New York goal. Jack Hillen had a team-high five shots on goal.

Markov, who had been sidelined by a lacerated ankle tendon suffered in the first game of the season, opened the scoring at 7:44 of the first period. Markov put the Habs ahead 2-0 at 13:12 of the second period.

The Islanders missed a solid chance to get back in the game on a 4-minute power play early in the third period while trailing 2-0.

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