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Canadiens seek second win under Gainey

NY Islanders (22-37-8) at Montreal (36-24-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- So far so good for Montreal Canadiens

general manager Bob Gainey.

The Canadiens shoot for their second win in as many games under

the new coach when the host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Enduring an inconsistent centennial season, the Canadiens fired

coach Guy Carbonneau on Monday and Gainey moved into the role

behind the bench.

Montreal responded in Gainey's first game, claiming a 4-3

overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers in on Monday.

The Canadiens trailed 3-2 late in the contest but Mathieu

Schneider tied it with 4:35 remaining in regulation and captain

Saku Koivu netted a power-play goal 1:40 into overtime to seal

the victory.

Montreal is fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, but the

club's playoff position is far from secure with the ninth-place

New York Rangers three points behind.

The Islanders' playoff chances have virtually been over since

opening night.

While the club earned 10 points over the last seven games, the

Islanders own the worst record in the league, including a 6-23-3

road mark.


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