OTTAWA 2, ISLANDERS 0
By Jason Lockhart
Ray Emery recorded 18 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Islanders fell 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators at the Scotiabank Place Wednesday night.
The Senators went up 1-0 when Daniel Alfredsson's centering pass bounced off Sean Hill right to Mike Fisher, who banged home the loose puck with 1:48 left in the first period.
Bruno Gervais made the defensive play of the game, in the second period, by diving across to block Alfredsson's shot ticketed for the back of the net.
The Islanders almost escaped four minutes of consecutive penalty kill time, including two minutes of a 5-on-3 power play. Chris Kelly ultimately put the Senators up by two, re-directing Anton Volchenkov's shot from the point with one second left on the power play, late in the third period.
Rick DiPietro played well in goal, keeping it close, but it wasn't enough as he stopped 27 of 29 shots.
The Islanders next play on Saturday, December 30 at the Nassau Coliseum against the New Jersey Devils.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Ray Emery: Recorded the shutout
2. Rick DiPietro: Kept the Islanders in the game stopping 27 of 29 shots
3. Brendan Witt: Courageous sacrificing his body all night
4. Mike Fisher: Scored the game-winner
5. Daniel Alfredsson: Two assists
Stat of the Game: The Islanders had only 1:06 of power play time
Slapshots: Rick DiPietro's shutout streak ended at 203:55...The Islanders are 6-1-0 in the second half of back-to-back games...The Islanders were shutout for the first time since October 26 against Buffalo.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
14 Chris Campoli - 6 Sean Hill
3 Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
25 Viktor Kozlov - 27 Randy Robitaille - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
45 Arron Asham - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park
29 Martin Gerber
1 Ray Emery
6 Wade Redden - 14 Andrej Meszaros
4 Chris Phillips - 24 Anton Volchenkov
7 Joe Corvo - 42 Tom Preissing
15 Dany Heatley - 12 Mike Fisher - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
27 Peter Schaefer - 20 Antoine Vermette - 25 Chris Neil
5 Christoph Schubert - 22 Chris Kelly - 44 Patrick Eaves
17 Denis Hamel - 37 Dean McAmmond - 16 Brian McGrattan