NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist, as the Ottawa Senators emerged from the All- Star break with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Phillips, Andrej Meszaros, Jason Spezza and Dean McAmmond also lit the lamp for a Senators team looking to turn back on the jets. Ottawa was the best team in the Eastern Conference in the first half, but had dropped five of seven before the All-Star Game.
Martin Gerber turned away 23 shots in the win.
"It was a good win for us, getting back after the break," Gerber said. "We started the game really well, we put a lot of pressure and speed out there and as the game went on, we got stuck a little bit but it was definitely good the way we finished."
Bryan Berard and Sean Bergenheim each had a goal while Rick DePietro recorded 21 saves for New York, which has dropped four of five.
"I don't think we've been playing bad hockey lately, I think we've been playing pretty well. We just have to stick to our systems," Berard said.
Ottawa opened the scoring 9:18 into the game. With the Sens on the power play, Meszaros uncorked a slapshot from just inside the blue line that deflected off a defender's stick before beating DiPietro.
Just 35 seconds later, Phillips found open ice in the left circle and wristed a shot into the cage for a 2-0 lead.
The Senators continued to pull away in the second. Fisher set up a scoring chance with a backhand feed from behind the goal line, and McAmmond cashed in from the doorstep to make it a three-goal edge.
A one-timer from Josef Vasicek to Bergenheim late in the middle stanza put the Islanders on the board. New York then pulled to within one 6:35 into the final frame on a power-play marker by Berard.
Ottawa, though, responded in the final five minutes to secure the win. Spezza scored with 4:57 on the clock, capitalizing on a wide-open right side of the net after Nick Foligno's wraparound attempt made its way across the crease.
Spezza sealed it with an empty-net tally with 1:04 to play.
The Senators, who are 16-7-2 as the visiting team this year, wrapped up a four-game road trip...These teams split the season series 2-2...New York was 1-for-2 with the man advantage, while Ottawa went 1-for-4.
01/29 23:53:01 ET