NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Islanders
(Friday, November 25th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Vaclav Varada notched a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer each picked up a goal and an assist, while Dany Heatley, Patrick Eaves and Denis Hamel added goals for the Senators, who have won four in a row and nine of their last 10. Dominik Hasek made 31 saves in the victory.
Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhitnik scored goals for New York, which has lost two straight and three of its last four. Rick DiPietro was peppered with 45 shots and made 39 saves in defeat.
The Senators took control with three goals in the second period to New York's one.
Varada snapped a 1-1 tie at the 4:59 mark on a power play when his sharp-angle shot from the low right circle clipped the skate of Zhitnik before going through DiPietro's legs for his first goal of the season.
Eaves then banged home a rebound at 8:15 to make it 3-1.
The Islanders got one back on a power play when Zhitnik's blast from the right point found its way past Hasek with 5:58 remaining in the period.
Schaefer, though, cashed in an Ottawa power play with just 1:49 to play in the stanza when he converted Varada's centering feed with a shot from the slot for his fourth goal.
"We had all four lines going," Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson said of the balanced scoring. "Our power play was the best it's been this year."
The Senators then put it away with two goals in the third period, as Spezza netted his eighth at the 13:25 mark and Hamel scored his first in the final minute.
Hasek, meanwhile, turned aside all 14 shots he faced in the third.
"It's as good a game as we played as a group," said Senators head coach Bryan Murray. "We checked real well and did all the right things."
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Heatley at 9:17 of the first. A cross-ice pass from Spezza bounced off a stick in the slot and went to Heatley, who scored from the right circle to extend his season-opening point streak to 20 games.
"We just kept working hard and playing our game and got scoring from all our lines," Heatley remarked. "We just want to keep going and playing well."
The Islanders tied it just over five minutes later when Yashin netted his 11th on a shot from the slot.
Bryan Smolinski had two assists for Ottawa...Heatley has 16 goals and 18 assists this season...The Senators played without defenseman Wade Redden and forward Martin Havlat. Redden is sidelined with a bruised knee, while Havlat sat out with a sore hamstring...Mark Parrish assisted on both Islander goals.
11/25 17:20:10 ET