Series (Game 2 of 4)

New York leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 7th
Game 2: Monday, December 23rd
Game 3: Thursday, January 30th
Game 4: Thursday, March 20th

Canadiens 1

(16-13-2, 38 pts)

Islanders 3

(13-16-0, 31 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 23, 2002

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
MTL 1 0 01
NYI 0 0 33

D. Scatchard (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Parrish (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Aucoin (Islanders - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Isles snap Habs' four-game road win streak

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

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.

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