NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Ottawa|
(Thursday, March 15th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, NY Islanders 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Emery stopped 28 shots to lead Ottawa over
the New York Islanders, 5-2 at Scotiabank Place.
Antoine Vermette and Mike Comrie had two assists apiece for the Senators, who
have won three of four and regained the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference
over idle Pittsburgh with 89 points.
Joe Corvo and Dean McAmmond registered a goal and one assist each, while Chris
Kelly, Chris Neil and Jason Spezza also tallied.
Miroslav Satan had a goal and an assist and Drew Fata scored for the
Islanders, losers in four of six. Mike Dunham gave up five goals on 28 shots
in just over 43 minutes of play before leaving the contest. Wade Dubielewicz
stopped all eight shots he faced in relief.
Rick DiPietro was not dressed for the Islanders after sustaining a neck injury
on Tuesday against Montreal. He is listed as day-to-day.
Ottawa struck first at 1:59 of the second period, as Vermette sent a lead pass
to Kelly, who got by a pair of defenders and slipped the puck past Dunham.
Corvo made it 2-0 at 5:53 after his left circle shot ticked off Islander
defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron's skate and hit the net on the short side.
Three goals in 1:16 early in the third put the game firmly in Ottawa's hands,
and spelled the end of Dunham's night.
Neil broke a 19-game scoreless drought two minutes into the third by
circling the Islanders net and stuffing a one-handed shot past Dunham for a
3-0 advantage. Just 24 seconds later, McAmmond poked home a loose puck in the
crease. Spezza added the last goal of the spurt for a 5-0 lead, finishing off
a quick passing play between himself, Dany Heatley and Patrick Eaves at 3:16.
"I thought our line and McAmmond's line played really well offensively. When
we can add goals here and there I think it helps our team," said Kelly. "I
think in previous games we kind of sat back and tried to protect the lead.
Tonight we decided to go right at them and stick to our game and not get away
from it too much."
Dubielewicz entered the game in place of Dunham, but the Islanders did not
receive a jolt of energy until the late stages. Satan put the Islanders on the
board with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 5:13 to play, and Fata closed out the
scoring on his first NHL goal with 4.2 seconds remaining.
"It just didn't happen tonight," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "I
thought we got away from it a few evenings ago against Washington when we won
but we didn't play the way we're normally playing. When you get new players it
takes a little while for everything to gel."
Ottawa has won the last seven meetings, including all three this season...The
Senators are 11-1-4 in their last 16 games...Neil's third-period goal was his
100th NHL point...Heatley extended his point streak to 15 games
(11-13-24)...Ottawa hosts the Flyers on Saturday, and New York heads to
Florida to take on the Panthers also on Saturday.
03/16 02:10:56 ET