Radek Martinek scored on a shot from the point to snap a 3-3 tie and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Canadiens 6-3 Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders' power play, which ranks fifth in the NHL, produced two second-period goals that turned the tide in the game.
Still No. 1: The Canadiens failed to earn at least a point for the first time in a dozen games, but they managed to hold on to first place in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division when Washington rallied to beat Boston 4-3 in overtime. The Canadiens have a one-point edge on Boston, but the Bruins hold three games in hand.
Milestone for Gionta: Montreal pulled even at 3-3 when Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal at 6:07 of the third period. The goal was the Canadiens' 20,000th goal since joining the NHL in 1917. Michael Ryder picked up his third assist of the night on the historic goal.
Momentum shift: The Islanders took advantage of some Montreal penalties to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal at 1:23 after Alexei Emelin went off for slashing. Ryan White, who has been on his best behaviour in recent games, went off for hooking at 9:47 and he was joined in the box by Lars Eller at 11:11. Montreal managed to survive a two-man deficit for 36 seconds, but Eller was still in the box when Matt Martin scored at 12:10. Michael Grabner buried a rebound for an even-strength goal at 12:58.
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