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Hamrlik's goal gives Habs OT win over Isles

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

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Hamrlik's goal gives Habs OT win over Isles
New York Islanders 2, Montréal Canadiens 3

This time, the New York Islanders rallied in the third period, but the result was the same.

Jeff Tambellini erased a 2-1 deficit with 4:16 remaining in regulation to force overtime, but former Islanders defenseman Roman Hamrlik beat Martin Biron 92 seconds into the extra session to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory at the Bell Centre on Monday night.

It was the fourth overtime win already this season for the Habs, who also won their previous game over the Rangers, 5-4, in the extra period.

"There was an opportunity to jump into the play and it just happened," said Hamrlik, who took a nifty feed from Tomas Plekanec on the game-winner. "Overtime is going our way, but you don't want to go to OT, you want to win in 60 minutes."

Jaroslav Spacek broke a scoreless tie when he beat Biron at 13:34 of the first period, but Tambellini -- who enjoyed the first two-goal game of his NHL career -- notched the equalizer when he made a nifty individual play from behind the net to get one past Jaroslav Halak for a power-play goal with 1:42 left in the second period.

Spacek and Hamrlik also teamed together on the blue line to help shut down the Isles' top line of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson.

"They gave us offensive production as well as playing most of the time against the top line," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "That was Spacek's first goal and we expected more offense from him this year, but when (Andrei) Markov and (Ryan) O'Byrne went down, they're been given the mandate of playing against the other teams' top lines.

"They've done that and they are plus players (Spacek is plus-5 and Hamrlik plus-3). I'm happy with what they bring."

Montreal (6-5-0) restored the lead at 7:44 of the third when Travis Moen crashed the net and slid one just over the goal line for his third goal of the season. Tambellini, who also scored on Saturday night against Washington, one-timed Moulson's feed past Halak late in the third to help the Islanders earn a point for the sixth time in their first 10 games.

The loss dropped the Islanders to a bizarre record of 1-4-5. They'll host the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

"We're taking only the positives out of this game," Tambellini said. "We found a way to come back twice in a really hostile environment."

-- Brian Compton, NHL.com


scoring summary
1st Period
13:34
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek (1) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Metropolit (4), Travis Moen (2)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
18:18
NYI
PPG - Jeff Tambellini (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (6), Josh Bailey (2)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
07:44
MTL
Travis Moen (3) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (7), Glen Metropolit (5)
2 - 1 MTL
15:44
NYI
PPG - Jeff Tambellini (3) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Moulson (4)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:32
MTL
Roman Hamrlik (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (8)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:05
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Tripping against  Brendan Witt
15:50
MTL
Matt D'Agostini  Charging against  Josh Bailey
2nd Period
08:46
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Holding against  John Tavares
09:08
NYI
John Tavares  Hooking against  Travis Moen
16:56
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
00:38
NYI
Jon Sim  Hi-sticking against  Maxim Lapierre
03:15
MTL
Matt D'Agostini  Too many men/ice - bench
11:14
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping against  Sean Bergenheim
15:03
MTL
Mike Cammalleri  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 31TOI: 61:32
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .903SH: 3 - 3
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 31TOI: 61:32
Saves: 29EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .935SH: 2 - 2