NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Islanders
(Monday, January 19th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Ottawa 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Cliff Ronning scored two goals, including the 300th of his career, to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at Nassau Coliseum.
Roman Hamrlik netted his first goal in 48 games and added an assist for the Islanders, who have won two in a row. Jeff Blake and Oleg Kvasha both scored in the win -- New York's 10th in its last 12 home games.
Rick DiPietro was peppered with 32 shots and turned aside 30 of them for the Islanders. NY also won the season series with Ottawa, 2-1-1-0. It was the first series win against the Sens since the 1993-94 campaign.
"I look at it as two points rather than who we beat," Islanders head coach Steve Stirling said. "Yes, it's nice, but the points are the most important thing."
Bryan Smolinski and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal apiece in the loss for the Senators, who are 11-2-4 in their last 17 games. Martin Prusek stopped 18 shots as Ottawa dropped to 6-2-3 in its last 11 on the road.
Trailing by a 2-0 score, the Senators netted a pair of goals in 68 seconds to tie the game early in the third period.
Smolinski put Ottawa on the board 2:11 into the frame when he re-directed Zdeno Chara's shot from the point. Alfredsson then posted the equalizer at 3:19 for his 18th goal.
"All year long we've done a good job coming back from behind. We never give up," Alfredsson said. "All in all it's a pretty good effort for us."
New York, however, countered with two goals in 21 seconds for a 4-2 advantage almost midway through the period.
Hamrlik's first goal of the season, at the 7:34 mark, gave the Isles a one- goal edge, while Kvasha's unassisted tally at 7:55 pushed the margin to 4-2.
Ronning completed the scoring with his 300th career goal at 13:51. The 38- year-old Ronning fired a slapshot from the left circle, beating Prusek high to the glove side.
"I was skating with beer-league players before I came here, and I realized how much I loved the game," Ronning said. "Even at 40-50, you may not be able to live this dream of playing in the NHL, but you realize how much you play the game for the love of it."
With the win, the Isles are 3-4-2 in their last nine at Nassau Coliseum.
New York grabbed a 1-0 lead on Blake's 14th goal of the season with 18 seconds remaining in the first period. Blake took a pass from Trent Hunter, skated along the right wing and wristed the puck past Prusek at 19:42.
Ottawa had a chance to score early in the second period after Wayne Redden ripped a slapshot off the crossbar.
New York then made it a 2-0 contest when Ronning posted his second goal in four games with the Isles 3:12 into the second. The veteran Ronning collected the puck from behind the net and stuffed it inside the right post.
Blake also had an assist...The Islanders went 0-for-2 on the power play and killed off each of Ottawa's three chances with the extra skater.
01/19 17:04:22 ET