Sergei Gonchar and David Hale also scored for Ottawa, which has won four of its last five games overall. Brian Elliott finished with 28 saves and Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal in the win.
“I think we’re starting to hit our stride, starting to play a bit better, starting to play a solid 60 minutes as opposed to 40 or 20 at times, " Kelly said. “I thought tonight was a good effort all around.”
Matt Moulson tallied the lone goal for the sinking Islanders, who have lost six straight games. Dwayne Roloson allowed three goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.
Gonchar opened the scoring at the 12:20 mark of the first period when his shot from the right circle beat Roloson. Spezza held control along the left side and fed a crisp pass across the slot for Gonchar’s second goal of 2010-11.
At the 3:47 mark of the middle session, the hosts grabbed a two-goal lead. Spezza carried the disc down the left wing and dealt a quick pass to Hale into the near circle. Hale drifted in before he somehow found room between the post and Roloson’s pads and lit the lamp from a sharp angle.
Less than three minutes later, Spezza’s second goal of the year made it 3-0 when his wrister from the top of the left circle hit Roloson, popped into the air, trickled behind the netminder and rolled over the goal line.
The Isles finally reached the scoreboard at 3:40 of the final stanza via Moulson’s fifth goal from the top of the crease. A nice feed by John Tavares from the slot helped create the tally, which was also assisted by Frans Nielsen.
“It’s tough to be positive now, but it was a better effort,” said Tavares. “We have to turn the page and focus on bouncing back. We can’t be down on ourselves for too long, We have to find a way to get ourselves out of this hole and move on and get back on track.”
Kelly’s empty-net marker in the waning seconds capped the scoring.
Peter Regin had two assists for Ottawa…The Sens have won four straight at home against the Islanders…New York has also dropped five straight road games overall and fell to 2-6-1 away from home this season…The Islanders have been out-scored by a 29-11 margin during their current six-game skid…Ottawa was 1-for-2 on the power play and held the visitors scoreless on both of their chances with the extra skater.