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Islanders lose game, DiPietro

Goalie Rick DiPietro leaves the game after getting his bell rung in a first-period collision with Montreal's Steve Begin. Goalie Rick DiPietro leaves the game after getting his bell rung in a first-period collision with Montreal's Steve Begin. (SHAUN BEST/REUTERS)

Guillaume Latendresse scored twice and Christopher Higgins got the go-ahead goal as the Canadiens overcame a pair of deficits for a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders last night at Montreal.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the game with 4:19 left in the opening period with an apparent head injury after he collided with Canadiens forward Steve Begin.

Latendresse and Michael Ryder scored second-period goals to draw Montreal even at 2. Latendresse got his second of the game -- his 15th of the season -- midway through the third to tie it at 3 before Higgins beat Mike Dunham from the edge of the crease at 11:26.

Alexei Yashin scored his first goal in nearly two months in the first period, and Ryan Smyth beat David Aebischer on a penalty shot early in the second to put the Islanders up, 2-0. Smyth assisted on Marc-Andre Bergeron's 12th goal 15:05 into the middle period as New York regained the lead 3-2.

The Islanders, who entered seventh in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, lost for the third time in four games (1-2-1). It was the first game they lost in regulation when leading entering the third period (25-1-4).

Stars 3, Flyers 2 -- Mike Modano became the second US-born player to score 500 goals, and the 39th in NHL history, leading host Dallas.

The 36-year-old native of Livonia, Mich., beat Antero Niittymaki on a rebound at 9:36 of the third period to move within two of Joe Mullen for the career lead among American players.

With the game tied at 1, Jussi Jokinen gave the Stars the lead at 9:02 of the third period on a wrist shot from the slot. Just 34 seconds later, Modano extended the lead to 3-1 with his 15th goal of the season and fourth in six games, knocking home the rebound of Jon Klemm's shot.

Senators 3, Rangers 2 -- Andrej Meszaros's bank shot off the stick of defenseman Marek Malik snapped a third-period tie and lifted Ottawa at New York.

Michael Nylander scored twice for New York, which led, 2-0, in the second period. The Rangers began the night tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference, 5 points ahead of the Bruins.

Hurricanes 3, Panthers 1 -- Cory Stillman, Rod Brind'Amour, and Scott Walker scored to move host Carolina into the eighth spot in the East.

The Hurricanes are without goalie Cam Ward, who injured his left knee Sunday and is expected to miss at least two more games. John Grahame made 26 saves in Ward's place.

Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 2 -- Nik Antropov scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, leading host Toronto.

Chad Kilger and Mats Sundin also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who moved past the Rangers for ninth place in the East.

Red Wings 5, Predators 2 -- Kyle Calder scored and had two assists, and visiting Detroit moved within a point of NHL-leading Nashville.

Penguins 5, Sabres 4 -- Sidney Crosby scored the deciding goal in the shootout as host Pittsburgh celebrated the announcement that they're staying put for the next 30 years by beating Buffalo.