NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Ottawa |
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Ottawa 4
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Zdeno Chara scored the game-tying goal and
assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators came back from a four-goal deficit
to tie the New York Islanders, 4-4, at Corel Centre.
Josh Langfeld, Todd White and Martin Havlat also lit the lamp for the
Senators, who have just one loss in their last 15 games (10-1-4). Patrick
Lalime made 34 saves for Ottawa, which is 7-0-2 in its last nine home games.
Michael Peca scored twice to end a 13-game goal drought for the Islanders, who
have just one win in their last seven contests (1-4-2). Mattias Weinhandl and
Mariusz Czerkawski each notched a goal and an assist, while Garth Snow stopped
40-of-44 shots between the pipes for New York.
The Islanders had the best chance in overtime just 1:30 into the extra period,
but Radek Martinek could not convert on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush.
The Senators, who trailed 4-0 late in the second period, scored three goals in
a span of 5:14 in the final period to even the contest.
After White's power-play goal cut the Ottawa deficit to 4-2 at 3:17 of the
third, Havlat made Kenny Jonsson pay for his costly defensive zone blunder
just 2:23 later. Jonsson, standing at the goal line along the left boards,
tried to pass the puck behind his own net but instead hit the cage. The puck
ricocheted right to Havlat, who poked it home past a surprised Snow.
"It looked like we were sleeping for the first two periods," said Havlat, who
jokingly called his goal "one of the easiest" he has scored.
Chara's ninth goal of the season made it 4-4 with 11:29 remaining. His slap
shot from the right point got through a maze of players on its way to the top
right-hand corner behind Snow.
"He's (Chara) got a cannon from back there," said Ottawa head coach Jacques
Martin. "It's good that we showed a lot of character in coming back."
Peca got the Isles started with his fifth goal of the year 8 1/2 minutes into
the opening stanza. He skated through the slot to slam home the rebound of a
right circle slap shot by Trent Hunter that left Lalime out of position.
Weinhandl increased the edge six minutes later when he beat Lalime's glove
with a blistering slap shot to the top corner after taking a cross-ice feed
from Czerkawski. Snow was sharp in net early, turning aside 14 shots, enabling
New York to grab a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Isles doubled the margin with two tallies in the second period.
Czerkawski knocked home the rebound of a Weinhandl shot at the 11:54 mark for
his 15th goal and a 3-0 edge. Peca's second of the night came after Hunter
made a swift play to keep the puck in along the right boards, quickly sending
it across to Peca for the one-timer at 14:13.
Langfeld's second goal of the season, and second in as many games, came 17
seconds later, finally getting the Senators on the board. Lalime stopped 18 of
the 20 shots he faced in the stanza to save Ottawa from a blowout, and setting
the stage for the comeback.
Ottawa was without the services of its second-leading scorer, Daniel
Alfredsson, who missed the game with a case of the flu.
New York's Oleg Kvasha recorded two assists, giving him 100 for his career,
while Hunter also had two helpers...The Isles ended Ottawa's streak of 24
games without allowing more than three goals...Senators center Bryan Smolinski
had one assist, giving him nine points in his last seven games...Each team was
2-for-7 on the power play as both were assessed 24 penalty minutes on 12
minors in the contest.
01/16 00:24:47 ET