MONTREAL (AP) - Petteri Nokelainen scored with 6:15 remaining as the Montreal Canadiens recovered after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, beating the New York Islanders 5-3 Tuesday night.
Nokelainen drove a slap shot past Al Montoya from the right point for the tiebreaking goal moments after Montreal squandered a 3-1 advantage. Hal Gill added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche scored in the first period for Montreal, and Erik Cole extended the margin to two goals 31 seconds into the third. Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who won for just the fifth time in 13 home games to end a four-game skid at the Bell Centre (0-1-3).
Matt Moulson scored in the first period for the Islanders and they tied the score in the third on goals by Josh Bailey and John Tavares.