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  Tuesday, Jan. 2 7:30pm ET
Rare goalie feat done before

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jose Theodore made all the stops and provided the Montreal Canadiens all the offense they needed.

Jose Theodore
Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore made 32 saves and scored a goal against the Islanders.

Theodore became just the sixth NHL goalie to score a goal in a regular-season game, and stopped all 32 shots he faced as the Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 3-0 Tuesday night.

He got control of the puck behind his goal line, and lifted a back-handed shot that landed at center ice and slid down into the middle of the vacated New York goal with 8.1 seconds left.

"It was awesome," Theodore said. "I clear the puck better with my backhand, and I just gave it a high arch. I was just trying to clear the zone. I was jumping all over the place. We got the win and the shutout, and I got a goal. It was a pretty good night for me."

Lost in the hoopla was that Canadiens forward Patrick Poulin scored his first two goals of the season. He hadn't scored in 47 games, dating to last March 8.

"All those stats are over now," Poulin said. "I wasn't earning my ice time, but with Michel (coach Michel Therrien), he's given me more ice time. I have to play defense first, but I have to be able to score goals."

Theodore has more goals than the Islanders have the last 151 minutes, 16 seconds. New York ended a homestand with five losses in seven games.

After a scoreless first period, which had the best chances for the Islanders when they fired five shots at Theodore during a power play, Poulin gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 15:40 of the second period.

Craig Darby failed to beat Islanders goalie John Vanbiesbrouck with a wraparound but the puck was left loose in the crease. Poulin tapped it in on a backhand.

Poulin made it 2-0 at 9:33 of the final period when he took Darby's pass near the left circle and wristed the puck over Vanbiesbrouck's glove.

"Darby made great plays on both goals," Poulin said. "He gave me a nice pass on the second one."

The Islanders pulled Vanbiesbrouck with almost two minutes left. Montreal had Poulin out to try for a hat trick, but it was Theodore who sent a backhand flip out of the zone. Islanders forward Claude Lapointe was going off for a line change, and didn't see the puck go by him until it was too late.

"I never knew where the puck was," Lapointe said. "I broke a skate blade, so I was going for a change. When I got to the bench, the guys were pointing to center ice. I turned and saw it go by."

Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois thought Theodore's goal was more difficult than others scored by goalies.

"Jose didn't fire the puck down," Brisebois said. "He just sort of blooped it, so it wasn't going as fast. Plus, the ice wasn't very good. It was almost like you needed a (curling) sweeper out there."

In the other locker room, the frustration was evident, especially with the booing by the 7,916 in attendance.

"It's getting so old to say it's frustrating, but you have to keep going back to the drawing board until it works," Islanders forward Mark Parrish said. "As much as we love the fans here and want them to come and watch, if they're going to boo us like that, we'd appreciate it if they'd just stay home, to be honest with you. That's not going to help us out all that much."

Game notes
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur was the last goalie to score when he did it Feb. 15, 2000. Brodeur and former Islanders goalie Ron Hextall tallied once each in both the regular season and playoffs. ... The Islanders had won five of six meetings at home against Montreal. ... It was the second time that the Islanders were shut out in consecutive home games. It also happened in their first season, 1972-73. ... Montreal forwards Saku Koivu and Brian Savage both had five-game point-scoring streaks snapped. ... D Roman Hamrlik, who missed the last five games with a groin strain, was rested for another game. Hamrlik, who could have played, is due back Thursday night at New Jersey.

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 Montreal's Jose Theodore scores a rare goal as he clears the puck into an empty net.
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 Tim Connolly beats the Montreal defender on a great move, but comes up short against Jose Theodore.
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