UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Alexei Kovalev's second goal of the game with 4:41 left capped a four-goal third period for the Montreal Canadiens, who rallied to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Saturday night.
Kovalev's close-in shot beat Yann Danis, a goalie making his first NHL start in nearly three years, and gave the Canadiens their third straight win.
Danis, the Islanders' third-string goalie, could be in line for more action with regular backup Joey MacDonald because No. 1 netminder Rick DiPietro will be out four-to-six weeks following knee surgery on Friday.
The Canadiens got two goals and two assists from Tomas Plekanec and one from Long Island native Christopher Higgins. Carey Price made 27 saves.