NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Ottawa
(Wednesday, December 27th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, NY Islanders 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Emery stopped all 18 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators blanked the New York Islanders, 2-0, at Scotiabank Place.
Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly scored for the Senators, who have won two straight following a two-game slide. Daniel Alfredsson assisted on both goals to extend his point streak to four games. He has two goals and five assists in that span.
Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro made 27 saves but saw his shutout string of 156 minutes and 30 seconds come to an end in the first period. The Isles lost for just the second time in their last six games.
"I didn't pay attention to the shutout string," said DiPietro. "We just wanted this win and that's all we focused on tonight. It would have been nice to bounce back after a big win in New York (on Tuesday). We just came out on the wrong end of things tonight and all we can do is look forward."
"We're a well rested team coming off the Christmas break, so you can't use the Rangers game as an excuse even though we're playing back-to-back," DiPietro added. "We were as full of energy as Ottawa. so it's not an excuse. We have to put a better foot forward and give ourselves a chance to win."
New York was outshot 12-3 in the opening period but trailed just 1-0 heading into the second stanza.
The Senators drew first blood with 1:48 to play in the first, as Alfredsson corralled the puck from the right faceoff circle, shifted from the backhand to the forehand and slipped the disc in front of the net. Off the side of the crease, Fisher tipped the puck by DiPietro, who couldn't move from right to left quick enough to stop the shot.
Both teams then skated to a scoreless second period, though New York turned the momentum around by peppering Emery with 10 shots.
DiPietro also got in on the effort, making a couple of key saves late in the second period during a Senators power play. Alfredsson fired a wrist shot at the net that DiPietro knocked down at 14:52, and Fisher followed up with a slap shot that the netminder also turned aside seconds later to keep the Islanders within a tally.
The Senators had a 5-on-3 inside of eight minutes to play, but DiPietro stood tall between the pipes and Brendan Witt had four hits and a couple of blocked shots, including a puck that ricocheted off his right knee. Witt appeared to have trouble skating and went right to the bench, but quickly returned to the ice before Ottawa capitalized with a second left in the two-man advantage.
Kelly and Patrick Eaves camped in front of DiPietro, effectively screening the netminder, and Kelly deflected a shot by Anton Volchenkov past DiPietro for the final margin with 3:31 left to play.
The Senators finished 1-for-5 on the power play.
"I'm real happy with the play of this team," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "We're playing a lot of back-to-back games which can be a problem. You make your own breaks, but I don't think we had many calls in our favor (tonight). It's one of those things when Witt gets hooked down (in the second period) and it's called a stick check. When we do the same thing, we get called. Whenever we get our stick up, we get the call. One of the things you have to fight for is respect, so we did what we had to do. Hopefully we'll get some respect and get some calls to go our way some day. Still, we don't want the players to have their emotions get the better of them. This team worked so hard that we deserved some breaks, but if we don't get them, we don't get them."
Emery has five career shutouts...The Islanders have dropped six in a row to the Senators and have not won in Ottawa since March 15, 2003...Ottawa plays nine of its next 12 games on home ice...The Senators host the New York Rangers on Friday...The Islanders battle New Jersey at home on Saturday.
12/27 23:06:34 ET