Habs get important point

Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre skates around the back of the net as New York Islanders' Martin...

Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre skates around the back of the net as New York Islanders' Martin Biron and Jack Hillen. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

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Uniondale, NY - Frans Nielsen tied the game late in the third period and Matt Moulson scored the clinching shootout goal to push the New York Islanders past the playoff-hopeful Montreal Canadiens 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum.

Nielsen's tying tally came with 2:01 left as the Islanders won their third straight and fifth in the last six games. He also scored during the shootout phase.

Sean Bergenheim tallied a goal and two assists in the win, while Martin Biron stopped 28 shots, as the Isles moved within one game of the .500 mark after finishing 26-47-9 last season.

Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Maxim Lapierre scored for the Canadiens, who failed to clinch a playoff spot after their first loss in three games. Montreal currently sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 87 points, which is a point ahead of Philadelphia and two points clear of Boston. Montreal has just two games remaining - at Carolina on Thursday and at home against Toronto on Saturday.

Jaroslav Halak picked up 39 saves in defeat.


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