Series (Game 4 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, February 28th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 21st
Game 4: Tuesday, March 28th

Islanders 0

(33-33-5, 71 pts)

Canadiens 2

(36-27-9, 81 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 28, 2006

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
NYI 0 0 00
MTL 1 0 12

C. Huet (Canadiens - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: 1.000

R. DiPietro (Islanders - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .971

S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

NY Islanders (33-32-5) at Montreal (35-27-9) 7:30 pm EST

NY Islanders (33-32-5) at Montreal (35-27-9) 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) - Although they are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders are not quite ready to settle for the role of spoiler.

The Islanders attempt to keep their fading postseason hopes alive Tuesday when they face the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in eight days.

New York has reached the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, losing in the first round all three years. However, the Islanders are eight points behind Montreal for the final postseason berth and must hurdle three other teams to get there.

Miroslav Satan scored his 29th goal and Alexei Yashin added his 25th for the Islanders, who won for just the second time in six games with Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Montreal has won seven of the last eight home matchups against the Islanders and is tied with New Jersey for seventh in the East, three points ahead of Atlanta.

Alexei Kovalev and Chris Higgins scored two goals each and Saku Koivu added three assists for the Canadiens in Sunday's 6-5 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After Montreal took the first two meetings against the Islanders this season, New York received goals from Jason Blake, Rob Nilsson and Sean Bergenheim in a 3-1 over the Canadiens last Tuesday.