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12/7/2006 10:12:30 PM


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Saku Koivu's two power-play goals powered the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Craig Rivet and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for Montreal, which moved five points ahead of Toronto and Ottawa for second place in the Northeast Division. Cristobal Huet stopped 25 shots for his 11th win.

Arron Asham and Mike Sillinger scored for New York, losers of two straight at home. Rick DiPietro had 32 saves.

The Islanders, who enjoyed a two-day stay atop the Atlantic Division, fell to third place, two points behind the Rangers and Devils.

Asham gave New York an early lead, tipping Jason Blake's slapshot over Huet's shoulder 25 seconds into the contest.

Rivet tied the score at 5:36 when his wrist shot from the outer edge of the left circle beat DiPietro.

Latendresse put Montreal ahead with 29.8 seconds left in the period. He grabbed the rebound of Sheldon Souray's shot and tucked it inside the post.

The teams traded second period power-play goals.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
NY Islanders 1:25, Arron Asham 4 (Jason Blake, Mike Sillinger)
Montreal 5:36, Craig Rivet 3 (unassisted)
Montreal 19:30, Guillaume Latendresse 6 (Sheldon Souray, Saku Koivu)
2nd Period
Montreal 6:51, Saku Koivu 9 (power play) (Michael Ryder, Alexei Kovalev)
NY Islanders 8:53, Mike Sillinger 8 (power play) (Sean Hill, Viktor Kozlov)
3rd Period
Montreal 5:10, Saku Koivu 10 (power play) (Michael Ryder, Sheldon Souray)

Penalty Summary
1st Period

Montreal holding - 2 min 10:16, S. Begin
NY Islanders too many men on the ice - 2 min 11:13, Bench served by V. Kozlov
Montreal high sticking - 2 min 14:08, M. Komisarek
2nd Period
NY Islanders holding - 2 min 2:48, B. Gervais
NY Islanders hooking - 2 min 5:31, S. Hill
Montreal hooking - 2 min 8:43, S. Koivu
3rd Period
NY Islanders hooking - 2 min 1:52, A. Zhitnik
NY Islanders hooking - 2 min 4:27, M. York
NY Islanders too many men on the ice - 2 min 11:03, Bench served by C. Simon
Montreal hooking - 2 min 14:17, A. Perezhogin
Montreal tripping - 2 min 18:23, M. Komisarek
 
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