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O'Byrne's own goal costs Habs as they lose 4-3 in shootout to streaking Isles

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MONTREAL - Ryan O'Byrne scored into his own net on a delayed penalty to send the game to overtime and Bill Guerin scored the clincher in the shootout to give New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Guerin was also credited with the game-tying goal on O'Byrne's gaffe while Richard Park and Trent Hunter also scored for the Islanders (9-10-2), who won for the fifth time in six games.

Steve Begin, Josh Gorges and Maxim Lapierre scored rare goals for the Canadiens (11-5-3), who lost their second straight shootout but still have points in four of their last five games.

With the Canadiens nursing a 3-2 lead in the third, Sean Bergenheim was whistled for holding and Carey Price left the Montreal net for an extra attacker.

The puck went into the Canadiens end and O'Byrne, while being pressured by Doug Weight, passed the puck back to no one and it slowly rolled into the net. Guerin was ultimately credited for the goal at 15:13 that made it 3-3.

O'Byrne did not see the ice again after the goal, and parts of the sellout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 chanted his name in derision as the Canadiens filed off the bench toward their dressing room.

Bergenheim went straight to the penalty box after the goal, but the Canadiens couldn't covert on that power play, or another one at 18:34 of the third.

In the shootout, Price stopped Hunter but was beaten by Park and Guerin, while on the other end Joey MacDonald stopped Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Tanguay to get the win.

MacDonald stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime.

The Islanders opened the scoring on the power play when Doug Weight jumped on a loose puck in front and fed Park in the slot, who buried his shot past a screened Price at 6:54.

The Canadiens replied 17 seconds later when Begin tipped a Roman Hamrlik wrist shot from the point through MacDonald's legs at 7:11.

Montreal went ahead with a power-play goal by Gorges at 9:58, his first of the year celebrated with head rubs and hugs at the Canadiens bench.

Lapierre made it 3-1 Habs at 4:29 of the second, converting a great feed from Higgins as he charged the net for his second of the year.

The Isles cut the lead to one with another power play goal as Hunter jumped on a rebound in the crease and put it off the post, off Price and in at 8:05.

The Islanders had a great chance to tie it while killing a penalty late later in the period, but Park's stick exploded while he was shooting at an open net.

Notes: Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau, after four games of line juggling, went back to his original forward combinations for this game. He re-united last year's top line of Tomas Plekanec between Alex Kovalev and Andrei Kostitsyn, while captain Saku Koivu was between Christopher Higgins and Alex Tanguay.Habs enforcer Georges Laraque was a healthy scratch, allowing Mathieu Dandenault to get back in the lineup after sitting out two in a rowCanadiens winger Guillaume Latendresse his second game with a mystery injury, while defenceman Mike Komisarek missed his sixth game with a suspected shoulder injuryIslanders defenceman Thomas Pock served the fifth and final game of his suspension for elbowing Ottawa forward Ryan Shannon in the head Nov. 13

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