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Islanders Upend Habs

  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin (51), of Russia, collides with Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle (14) in the first period of their NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March, 5, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

    Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin (51), of Russia, collides with Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle (14) in the first period of their NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March, 5, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save against a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) checks New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley (52) and steals the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) checks Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Tavares received a penalty for goaltender interference. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin (51), of Russia, collides with Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle (14) in the first period of their NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March, 5, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

Uniondale, n.y. — Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and the New York Islanders handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month with a 6-3 victory last night.

Martinek’s shot from the left point on a pass from Kyle Okposo eluded goaltender Carey Price at 7:56. It was the first goal of the season for Martinek, who hadn’t scored since Oct. 12, 2011, while with Columbus. John Tavares scored his team-leading 14th goal with 1:07 left before Colin McDonald closed the scoring with an empty-netter.

Brian Gionta’s power-play goal at 6:07 of the third — the 20,000th goal for the Canadiens since the NHL was formed in 1917 — tied the game at 3.

Lightning 5, Devils 2

Newark, N.J. — Nate Thompson scored twice and Martin St. Louis and rookie Alexander Killorn each had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils.

Cory Conacher and Vincent Lecavalier each had two assists as the Lightning won for only the second time in eight games and extended the Devils’ winless streak to six games (0-5-1).

Anders Lindback had 25 saves for the Lightning, surrendering late goals to Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias.

New Jersey’s slide has taken place with Johan Hedberg in goal for the injured Martin Brodeur (back). The crowd at the Prudential Center cheered wildly after coach Peter DeBoer sent Keith Kinkaid out for his first NHL action after Tampa Bay opened a 3-0 lead.

The only good thing the Devils did was end Steven Stamkos’ 10-game point streak.

He had scored goals in eight of his last nine games, and only a pad save by Kinkaid on a breakaway early in the third period prevented the streak from continuing.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3

Raleigh, N.C. — Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists as Carolina beat Buffalo.

Jiri Tlusty, Joe Corvo and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina, which was playing for the first time since goalie Cam Ward went on injured reserve following a torn MCL that will require a recovery of six to eight weeks. The Hurricanes won their fourth straight and completed a three-game season sweep of the Sabres.

Staal picked up his 600th NHL point with the first of his two assists on the night on Tlusty’s goal in the first period.

Justin Peters, recalled from Charlotte of the AHL, had 37 saves in his first start of the season for the Hurricanes.

Ryan Miller had 24 saves for Buffalo, which got two goals from Cody Hodgson and one from T.J. Brennan.

Rangers 4, Flyers 2

New York — Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as the New York Rangers held on to beat Philadelphia for their third win in a row.

Nash fired a shot that sneaked under the right arm of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov 2:50 into the third to give New York its second lead of the game.

He doubled the advantage to 4-2 with 8:18 left, fighting off a hook on his hands by defenseman Kimmo Timonen and then making a shift from backhand to forehand to score his seventh goal — all in third periods.

Wayne Simmonds and Voracek both scored power-play goals in the first period for Philadelphia. Bryzgalov stopped 16 shots.

Red Wings 2, Avalanche 1

Detroit — Niklas Kronwall scored in the second period thanks to a fluky bounce, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat Colorado.

Detroit opened the scoring with 13:00 to go in the second on a breakaway goal by Johan Franzen, and Kronwall added to the lead when his shot from the point went wide, bounced back off the boards and went in off the right skate of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Red Wings needed that second goal, because Colorado’s Paul Stastny spoiled Jimmy Howard’s bid for a shutout when he scored with 1:30 to play in the third.

Detroit has gone four straight games without allowing a goal in the first or second period.