Islanders 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
MONTREAL -- Thomas Hickey scored his first NHL goal 3:12 into overtime and the New York Islanders ended Montreal's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Thursday night.
Matt Moulson scored a pair of power-play goals in the second for the Islanders. Frans Nielsen drew New York even 9:51 into the third period.
Nielsen snapped a shot past Carey Price from the slot for his second goal of the season to tie it at 3.
The Islanders, who had lost two in a row, won for only the third time in 10 games in February.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 shots for the Islanders.
Max Pacioretty had two goals and Travis Moen also scored for Montreal. Price made 21 saves.
David Desharnais assisted on both goals by Pacioretty, who has scored four times in three games since failing to score in his first 10 games of the season.
Moen put the Canadiens up 1-0 with his second goal 49 seconds into the game. That came just after Price stopped John Tavares' shot 30 seconds in as the Islanders' scoring leader drove in alone after taking a set-up pass from Mark Streit.
Pacioretty made it 2-0 with his third goal on a power play at 11:02.
Montreal outshot New York 15-3 in the first.
Moulson tipped Mark Streit's point shot past Price 34 seconds into the second to draw the Islanders within 2-1.
Pacioretty restored the Canadiens' two-goal margin with his second of the game -- his fourth of the season -- at 8:30.
New York drew within one once again at 16:57 when Moulson converted the Islanders' second straight power-play opportunity.
Pacioretty had an opportunity for his hat trick goal during 4-on-4 play with just over 7 minutes left in the third. The Montreal left wing took Desharnais' set-up pass but slid the puck into a sprawled Nabokov with an open side in front of him.
NOTES: The Islanders' power play unit entered the game with a 23.9 percent success rate, converting 16 of 67 opportunities overall. New York had scored seven times in 23 opportunities for a 30.4 success rate on the road. ... The teams play two more times this season, with the Islanders hosting both remaining games on Long Island. ... Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher practiced Thursday morning, though he was not cleared to return. It was the first time the 20-year-old rookie skated with his teammates since he suffered a concussion on a hit by Philadelphia's Luke Schenn on Saturday. Gallagher, who had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over the Flyers, has five goals and three assists in 13 games.
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