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Canadiens 4, Islanders 2

December 10, 1999

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Martin Rucinsky had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 4-2 Thursday night.

Benoit Brunet and Sergei Zholtok also scored for Montreal, which snapped a four-game winless streak and handed the Islanders their fifth straight loss.

Brad Isbister and Vladimir Orszagh scored for New York, which was 0-for-5 on the power play.

Jeff Hackett stopped 28 shots for the Canadiens, while Felix Potvin had 25 saves for the Islanders.

The Islanders continued to struggle at home, where they have lost six in a row and nine of their last 12.

Montreal, which lost its first two games against the Islanders this season, took a 2-0 lead in the opening period.

Rucinsky opened the scoring at 7:55 with a 40-foot slap shot. It was only Montreal’s second power-play goal in its last seven games.

Brunet, playing in his second game since missing the first 27 of the season with a back injury, flipped a rebound in at 11:24 to make it 2-0.

New York scored with 18.4 seconds left in the period when Isbister shoveled in a pass from Tim Connolly, but Montreal answered 2:37 into the second period when Zholtok beat Potvin with a wrist shot to the glove side.

Orszagh narrowed Montreal’s lead to 3-2 at 10:06 of the second when he followed up Josh Green’s shot and put the rebound home.

The Islanders had two good opportunities to tie the game early in the third period, but Mariusz Czerkawski put a breakaway attempt into Hackett’s pads at 2:25 and Zdeno Chara hit the left post at 3:32.

Rucinsky gave the Canadiens a 4-2 lead with a one-timer at 12:21.

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