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Isles snap Habs' four-game road win streak

12/23/2002

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders played their most
desperate period of the season and gained two points as a result.

Dave Scatchard's goal with 5:36 left was part of a three-goal
period as New York rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Monday night.

"It was one of the most desperate periods we played all year,''
Islanders forward Mark Parrish said. "We had to leave it all out
there. Everyone came out in the third (period) and played their
butts off.''

Parrish started the comeback and Claude Lapointe ended the rally
with an empty-net goal for the Islanders, which got 12 saves from
Chris Osgood, making his first start in three games. Rookie Rick
DiPietro started the previous two games after being recalled from
the minor leagues.

Jose Theodore turned aside 33 shots as Montreal's four-game road
winning streak was snapped. The Canadiens have only lost twice in
six games (4-2). Mike Ribeiro scored for the Canadiens.

Osgood made a great save nearly 4½ minutes into the game when he
stopped Doug Gilmour's breakaway with his stick, but New York
trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes.

On Montreal's first power play, Ribeiro got the puck in the slot
and sent a hard wrist shot that hit the meeting of the crossbar and
right post and dropped in. It was Ribeiro's second goal of the
season, and came at 18:10.

"We had some good chances in the first period,'' Theodore said.
"We played OK in the second too.''

Both teams recorded six shots in a scoreless second period.

"Montreal did a better job of skating in the first two
periods,'' Islanders coach Peter Laviolette said. "I don't think
we played poorly in the first two periods. We just couldn't get
anything going.''

The Islanders outshot Montreal 20-2 in the third period and
rallied to win. Parrish tied it at 9:05 of the final period when he
stuffed Michael Peca's centering pass past Jose Theodore.

Scatchard, standing to the right side, backhanded the rebound of
Adrian Aucoin's point shot between the legs of Theodore at 14:24 to
give the Islanders their third win when trailing after 40 minutes
(3-10-2).

"I felt we would win it after that first goal went in,''
Scatchard said. "We got challenged, and rose to the challenge.''

Lapointe sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 21.5
seconds left.

"We were weak in almost every area in our defensive zone,''
Montreal defenseman Craig Rivet said. "We were bad in front, along
the wall, behind the net, gave up odd-man rushes. You look at that
third period and we didn't do anything in our zone.''

Game notes
Ribeiro's goal ended a string of a franchise-record 36
straight penalty kills for the Islanders, spanning nine games. ...
Gilmour and teammate Yanic Perreault both had five-game point
scoring streaks snapped. ... Islanders forward Raffi Torres was
recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL and inserted in the lineup for
Brad Isbister, a healthy scratch. ... Montreal fell to 24-25-6-2 at
Nassau Coliseum. ... DiPietro was scratched, and Garth Snow backed
up Osgood.