NHL: Montreal 5, N.Y. Islanders 3

Oct. 27, 2010 at 10:59 PM

MONTREAL, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Jeff Halpern scored the game-winner early in the third period Wednesday and Montreal held on to defeat the New York Islanders 5-3.

The Islanders reduced their deficit to one goal on three separate occasions, but could never get the score tied against Carey Price, who stopped 18-of-21 shots.

Montreal won its third in a row and its 13 points gives it a share of the early lead in the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay.

Montreal had a 3-1 cushion heading into the final period, but John Tavares brought the Islanders within one just 13 seconds into the stanza with his sixth goal of the season.

Halpern restored a two-goal cushion 6:56 into the period, after which Doug Weight again cut the New York deficit to one by tipping in a shot with 7:04 remaining.

Andre Kostitsyn clinched it with an empty-net goal with 1:02 left.

Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves to take the loss. The teams will meet again Friday on New York's home ice.

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