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Saturday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (43-30-5) at New York Islanders (32-35-10), 2 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The playoff-bound Ottawa Senators will try to record their seventh victory in a row this afternoon against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The Senators stretched their current win streak to six games with Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Hurricanes, clinching a playoff spot in the process.

Erik Karlsson's second goal of the game with just 7.9 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, and both Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout for Ottawa, which is on its second-longest winning streak of the season behind only a club-record 11-game run from Jan. 14-Feb. 4.

"There was a lot of back-and-forth in this game, and overall we controlled the game," said Karlsson.

Anton Volchenkov also scored, Spezza ended with three assists and Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots to help Ottawa return to the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

The Senators, currently fifth in the East and seven points ahead of Montreal, trail the Sabres by five points for first place in the Northeast Division with four games to play. Buffalo, which has five contests remaining, visits Montreal this evening.

Ottawa kicks off a three-game road trip tonight, its final games away from home this season, and has won three straight as the guest. Milan Michalek hasn't played since March 18 due to a leg injury but is expected to travel with the team. His return date to action is still unknown, however.

The Islanders are a long shot to make the playoffs -- they trail Boston and Philadelphia for the final playoff spots by eight points with five games to play -- but that didn't stop them from ending a 15-game losing streak to the Flyers on Thursday. New York scored three times in the game's first eight minutes and rolled to a 6-4 home win.

Blake Comeau netted the Isles' first two tallies for his second straight two- goal game, while Jon Sim had a goal and two helpers as New York recorded its first win over Philadelphia since Feb. 12, 2008.

"It's nice to talk about something else other than losing to another team for so long," said John Tavares. "It's nice to move on and disrupt their flow."

Trent Hunter, Sean Bergenheim and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have won three of their last four. Martin Biron made 31 stops in the win.

New York has now split the first two games of a four-game homestand and has won four of its last five as the host.

The Islanders, though, are 0-1-2 versus the Senators this year and have lost four straight to the club overall. New York will try to avoid getting swept in the four-game season series for the first time since 2006-07.

Ottawa notched a 4-3 win when the teams last met on Feb. 14 to snap a two-game slide on Long Island.

04/03 10:30:26 ET


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