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Islanders fall to Senators, 5-2

Isles strike early, Sens storm back

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 8:21 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders fall to Senators, 5-2
The New York Islanders will finish February without back-to-back wins after falling 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators Sunday evening at Scotiabank Place.

The Islanders took the lead 49 seconds in to the game, but the Senators gathered momentum as the game progressed outscoring the Isles 5-1 in the final 59 minutes.

 “We played a really good first road period,” Travis Hamonic said. “The game was lost in the second period. It’s frustrating trying to play catch up in the rest of the game. When you have to play catch up like that, it’s unfortunate.”

Mark Eaton battles Erik Condra in the Isles 5-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
John Tavares opened the scoring finishing a 2-on-1 with PA Parenteau and beating  Robin Lehner five-hole. The one goal lead held up until 12:21 of the second period, when Milan Michalek scored a power play marker putting Ottawa on the board. 

Four minutes later on the power play, Jason Spezza notched his 28th of the season, and 601st  point of his career.  The Isles gave up two power play goals for the second straight game.

“It’s four power play goals against in the last two games,” Jack Capuano said. “That’s an issue right now. It’s something that we really have to take a look at. We aren’t the highest scoring team in the league so our PK has to be good.”

In the third period Jim O’Brien took advantage of a Mike Mottau’s failed pass to Frans Nielsen deep in the Islanders zone, snapping a shot off the glove of Evgeni Nabokov and extending the Sens lead to two goals.

“In the second period it turned for them,” Tavares said. “That gave them a little more confidence and they didn’t have to take as many chances. If we had buried some chances, especially early in the game, it would have put them in a bit of a hole and really have to fight back.”

Parenteau pulled the Islanders to within one at 9:04 of the third after he corralled a bouncing puck and put it short side on Lehner. Parenteau’s 15th of the season was his third in the last two games and his 10th point (4g/6a) in his last eight games.

The Isles caught a bad break as Mark Streit’s broken stick led to a Senators rush, resulting in a redirection by Chris Neil to put Ottawa up 4-2. Kyle Turris put the game out of reach with an empty-netter in the dying minutes of the game.

Hamonic assisted on both Islanders goals, giving him two points in his first two games back from a broken nose. Defensive points leader Erik Karlsson assisted on the first two Senators goals and has six goals and 11 assists on a seven-game point streak. Nabokov stopped 19 of 23 shots and Lehner turned aside 28 of 30.

The Islanders next stop on their four-game road tip is Washington as they take on the Capitals Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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