NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Islanders
(Sunday, February 14th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, NY Islanders 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher's tip-in with 9:14 to play capped a furious three-goal rally, as the Ottawa Senators moved back into first place heading into the Olympic break with a 4-3 win over the Islanders.
The Senators, who have won 14 of their last 16 games, trailed 3-1 heading into the third period but scored three unanswered goals. Alex Kovalev had a goal and two assists, while Jarkko Ruutu and Jason Spezza also tallied in the win.
Brian Elliot made 34 saves to give the Senators their fourth straight win over the Isles. Ottawa now has 76 points and is one point in front of Buffalo for the Northeast Division lead after briefly yielding first place to the Sabres on Saturday.
"I just told them, 'We have to get back to the game plan,'" said Senators head coach Cory Clouston about the third period. "I said, 'If we get one early, we can get one late, whether we do it in overtime or in the last few minutes.' That's really all I said -- believe in how we can play. Credit to the guys."
Blake Comeau scored twice for the Islanders, who have lost nine of their last 11 games. Matt Moulson also tallied, while Dwyane Roloson allowed four goals on 35 shots -- including three on 10 shots in the final 20 minutes.
"We had a 3-1 lead and a 5-on-3 (power play) early in the third period, and that was a chance to put them down 4-1 and maybe take over the game," Comeau said. "They got momentum from (stopping) that, we had a few letdowns in the defensive zone and before you know it it's 4-3 (Ottawa)."
Kovalev got Ottawa's comeback started in the third. Ryan Shannon fired a shot toward the net from the right side of the slot that glanced off a New York defenseman and right to Kovalev on the left, and he buried a shot into the wide-open half of the net at 3:47 for a 3-2 game.
With 10:47 remaining, the Senators tied the game. On the power play, Spezza was positioned to the left side of the crease and was able to sneak a rebound through before Roloson could gain possession.
Then, Fisher scored the game-winner. Filip Kuba fired a shot from the left point that eluded three players en route to the net. Fisher, meanwhile, sprinted to the right side of the crease; Roloson never saw him, and Fisher easily redirected the puck into the net for a 4-3 contest.
The Islanders had several opportunities in the final moments around the net, but the puck stayed out, and Ottawa stole the win.
Ruutu put the Senators on the board 6:16 into the game on his 10th goal of the year, but Comeau answered with 4:06 left on a slapshot that beat Elliot on his glove side.
Moulson made it 2-1 at the 5:05 mark of the second. Trent Hunter fired a weak shot while falling down from the right circle, and Elliot couldn't control the puck. Moulson was right there to hammer it home for a one-goal advantage.
Comeau gave the hosts a two-goal advantage with a nifty skate-to-stick move with 6:03 left in the second period.
Ottawa leads the season series, 3-0...The Islanders failed on each of their five power play chances, including 54 seconds of 5-on-3 time early in the third period...The Senators were 1-for-2 on the power play...The Islanders have 58 points and are six points behind eighth-place Montreal in the East.
02/14 22:07:40 ET