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Hamrlik's OT goal wins it for the Habs

DEFENSEMAN Roman Hamrlik fired the game-winning goal 90 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday.

Hamrlik scored with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 sequence at 1:32 in overtime to halt a late New York comeback and lead the Canadiens (6-5-0) to their fourth successive victory.

"There was an opportunity to jump into the play and it just happened," Hamrlik told reporters after taking a pass from teammate Tomas Plekanec that led to the goal.

"Overtime is going our way (right now) but you don't want to go to OT - you want to win in 60 minutes."

Montreal has won four overtime games already this season while New York has lost three and also dropped three shootouts.

The struggling Islanders (1-4-5) forced extra time after a goal at 15:44 in the third period from Jeff Tambellini, his second of the game.

Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves, including two big ones in the extra period, as the home team ground out the win, while New York goaltender Martin Biron finished with 28 saves.

Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek beat Biron early to put Montreal on top with a snap shot at 13:34 in the first period. Tambellini's goal at 18:18 in the second tied the contest for the Islanders and the Canadiens seized a 2-1 lead when Travis Moen converted a tip-in at 7:44 in the third period.

Mike Cammalleri, who signed a lucrative contract to join the team in the offseason, had an assist to extend his points streak to five games.

He entered the night with five goals in his last four contests, including a hat trick against the New York Rangers at the weekend.

The Islanders' top draft pick John Tavares, meanwhile, was held scoreless for the fourth straight game.

Two goals

In New York, Marian Gaborik scored two goals and added an assist as the New York Rangers beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2.

The Rangers netted two goals on five shots in the first period and two more on only six more attempts in the second to chase goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Gaborik's first score of the night gave New York a 2-0 lead and his second - the 10th this season - made it 4-0. In between, Gaborik set up Vinny Prospal for another goal.

The Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak that came on the heels of a seven-game winning run. Artem Anisimov scored for the second straight game, Enver Lisin added a third-period goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers.

In Chicago, Patrick Kane scored a spectacular third-period goal just 3:25 after Minnesota had made it a one-goal game and Chicago left the Wild winless from eight road games after a 3-1 victory.

In Anaheim, California, Niklas Hagman scored three of Toronto's five power-play goals as the Maple Leafs finally earned their first victory of the season, a 6-3 win over the Ducks.

Tomas Kaberle scored a career-high five points and Lee Stempniak added a career-best four as the Maple Leafs finally slowed the worst start in the Original Six franchise's history.

Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves in his first start in nearly three weeks as Toronto repeatedly capitalized on Anaheim's 17 penalties and all-around sloppy play. The Maple Leafs scored four goals while Anaheim had just three skaters on the ice, including three two-man advantage goals.

Petteri Nokelainen, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored for the slumping Ducks.


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