Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Sergei Gonchar netted the deciding goal late
in regulation, helping Ottawa get past the New York Islanders, 5-3, at Nassau
Jakob Silfverberg, Zack Smith and Guillaume Latendresse also scored in the
final 20 minutes for the Senators, who have won three in a row and four of six
thanks to scoring four times in the third period.
Matt Kassian tallied for Ottawa in the first, while Ben Bishop made 26 saves.
"We definitely didn't have our best first two periods, but we've got great
leadership in here," Ben Bishop said. "There's not one guy in here who is
going to quit."
Josh Bailey, Keith Aucoin and Lubomir Visnovsky provided the offense for the
Islanders, who lost for the third time in their last eight.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped just 18 shots in defeat.
The Senators assumed a one-goal edge with one minute remaining, as Gonchar's
right-point shot caromed off a body in front and sailed past Nabokov for a 4-3
"The game-winning goal they got should have been a whistle," Islanders head
coach Jack Capuano said. "It was a high stick and Ottawa touched it first."
Capuano was referring to the stick of Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad, which appeared
to bat the puck out of the air well above his shoulder and into the Islanders
zone, setting up the goal.
Latendresse added an insurance marker into the empty net with 10 seconds on
the clock. With an assist on the clincher, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
collected his 1,100th point.
"I didn't know until I got into the room. It feels good -- coming in a win
like this makes it nicer," Alfredsson said.
Ottawa first struck with 6:23 gone in the opening period, as Kassian chopped a
Gonchar shot out of the air and through Nabokov's pads from the right side.
Aucoin equalized for the hosts with just over two minutes before intermission,
then Bailey put the Isles on top at the 14-second mark of the middle period.
Visnovsky's tap-in of a Matt Moulson pass at the right post on a power play
made it 3-1 for New York with 8:14 on the clock.
The Senators scored twice in a 68-second span in the third period to draw
even, as Silfverberg lit the lamp on a deflection at 1:07 followed by a
turnaround shot from Smith at 2:15.
A potential go-ahead score by Aucoin following a subsequent advantage with
almost 7 1/2 minutes played was waved off, ruled to have been kicked in.
Ottawa won two of three in the season series, with the teams splitting a pair
on Long Island ... Gonchar added two assists and Patrick Wiercioch notched
three helpers for the victors ... Kyle Okposo assisted on a pair of New York
scores ... Prior to the game, the Senators announced that forward Milan
Michalek had right knee surgery and will be out indefinitely ... Senators
defenseman Marc Methot left the game in the second period with a lower-body
injury and did not return.