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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.

Game Notes

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.

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