Islanders Down Ottawa, Win Four In A Row

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Islanders 4, Senators 3

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) – Frans Nielsen scored the game-winner in the second round of the shootout, as the New York Islanders snuck past the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, at Scotiabank Place.

Michael Grabner had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have won a season-high four in a row. Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau also lit the lamp.

Making his fifth career start, Nathan Lawson made 28 saves to record his first NHL victory. He came into the game with an 0-3 mark.

Bobby Butler had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who are 2-12-4 since the calendar flipped to 2011. Ryan Shannon and Erik Karlsson also scored in defeat.

“We lost out on the chance to get the extra point, but we showed a lot with coming back in the third,” said Butler.

Brian Elliott turned aside 25-of-28 shots.

Trailing 2-1 early in the third, Grabner scored a short-handed goal at the 2:48 mark. Grabner stole the puck at center ice and went in on a breakaway. Elliott made the initial save but his momentum carried him out of the net. Grabner got the puck back behind the net and converted an easy wrap around to tie the game.

The Senators thought they scored just moments later, but the puck was tipped in with a high stick.

New York went ahead 3-2 at the 6:39 mark on Bailey’s goal. Grabner gathered the disc behind the net and slid a backhand pass to the slot. Bailey was wide open and fired a snap shot past Elliott.

“We like our positive attitude,” said Bailey. “Recently, we’ve been able to come back from third-period deficits, and that only makes us stronger and builds our confidence.”

Karlsson’s slapper from the top of the right circle with 4:04 remaining made it a 3-3 game.

Elliott made three saves in overtime, while Lawson stopped one shot.

After each team scored in the first round of the shootout, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza was stopped by Lawson. Nielsen then put a shot through the legs of Elliott. Butler had a chance to keep the shootout going, but Lawson turned aside his shot.

Butler’s power-play goal with 2:05 left in the first put the Senators on the board. A right faceoff draw led to a Spezza shot. Butler was right there to jam home the rebound.

New York tied things up at the 8:07 mark of the second. With an Ottawa player down on the ice due to injury, the Islanders set up in the Senators zone. Ty Wishart slid a cross-ice pass to Comeau, whose wrister found the back of the net.

Ottawa took the lead back on Shannon’s slapper from the top of the slot at the 12:57 mark.

Ottawa and New York split four games this season. The Islanders had dropped four straight in Ottawa…Senators forward Erik Condra had an assist in his NHL debut…New York was without forwards Matt Martin and Trevor Gillies, who are serving suspensions for their roles in last Friday’s game against Pittsburgh…The Islanders have scored a total of 24 goals during their winning streak.


New York Islanders At Ottawa Senators: Islanders Looking To Win Four-Straight

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to keep their offense rolling and pick up a fourth straight win when they visit the Ottawa Senators tonight at Scotiabank Place.

The Islanders have scored a total of 20 goals during a three-game winning streak and have lit the lamp 16 times in their last two games alone.

Despite the recent offensive explosion, the Islanders are currently in 14th place in the East and are ahead of only the Senators in the conference standings. New York has 47 points and is three in front of Ottawa.

While New York has tied a season high with three straight wins, Ottawa recently halted an 11-game losing streak -- the club's longest skid since the 1995-96 season. The Senators ended the epic slide with Saturday's win over Edmonton, which is the only team beneath Ottawa in the NHL standings.

After posting a 9-3 win in Friday's fight-filled home battle against Pittsburgh, the Isles recorded a wild 7-6 overtime victory Sunday in Buffalo. Michael Grabner scored with 2:05 left in overtime to complete his hat trick in dramatic fashion.

After New York killed off the remainder of a Buffalo power play that carried over from the third period into overtime, the Islanders finally put an end to a long afternoon.

Kyle Okposo's rink-wide pass from his own zone was knocked down by Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera, but the blueliner was unable to control the bouncing puck and Grabner gathered, skated in and fired a shot by Ryan Miller on the stick side to give the Islanders the victory.

John Tavares and Milan Jurcina each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have also won four of their last five.

"We're really starting to come together, and it's great to see," Tavares said.

Blake Comeau and Ty Wishart also tallied for New York, which got three-assist games from Okposo and Frans Nielsen. Mikko Koskinen allowed four goals on 14 shots before getting replaced by Al Montoya, who stopped 12-of-14 shots to pick up the win.

On Monday, Koskinen was sent to New York's AHl affiliate in Bridgeport to make room for Nathan Lawson, who was activated off injured reserve. Lawson has been out since Jan. 21 with an injured left knee and it's unclear if he or Montoya, who was acquired in a trade with Phoenix last week, will get the start tonight.

The Islanders have won two straight on the road, but are still just 10-16-3 as the visiting club this season.

Alex Kovalev registered two goals and set up Peter Regin's game-winner in the third period to lift the Senators to Saturday's 5-3 win in Edmonton. It was the first victory for Ottawa since a 6-3 victory over the Islanders on Jan. 13.

Milan Michalek and Bobby Butler also tallied for the Senators, who are now 2-12-3 since the calendar flipped to 2011. Brian Elliott made 15 saves to notch his first win since December 26.

"You can go around the room and it's a pretty sweet victory for everybody that's involved," said Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson missed his second straight game with a back injury on Saturday and is out indefinitely.

The Senators will try to end another losing streak tonight, having dropped their last five games on home ice. Ottawa, which will also host Boston in its next game on Friday, is just 9-15-4 as the home club this season.

After losing the first two

meetings of the year against Ottawa, the Isles picked up a 5-3 home win versus the Senators on Feb. 5. The Sens have won six of eight overall against New York and the Islanders have dropped four straight in Ottawa.


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