Bailey, Nilsson help Islanders deal Senators setback

Cory Wright | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Josh Bailey celebrated his 400th career game in style, scoring two points in the Islanders 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.

Bailey scored a power-play goal in the first period and set up Casey Cizikas for the game-winner on a third period power-play. The Bowmanville, ON, native pulled the puck around Craig Anderson at the side of the net before sliding it back into the crease, where a crashing Cizikas stuffed it home.

“I’d love to say I was trying to set him up,” Bailey said. “I was trying to tuck it in short side, but luckily it seemed to poke out to him and he was able to put it home.”

Bailey’s two-point effort was his second in as many games, while the Islanders improved to 5-0-1 in their last six and 14-4-2 in their last 20 road games.

“We battled pretty hard out there,” Bailey said. “It wasn’t our best game, but we gave ourselves a chance to win. We have to give a lot of credit to our goalie, he played a great game for us and made some timely saves. All in all, it was a good road win.”

Anders Nilsson was solid in net for the Islanders, stopping 35 shots – including 15 in the third period – for his third straight win. The towering Swede has now allowed just two goals in his last two games.

“We played very well in our own end,” Nilsson said. “The defense and the guys in front of me did a hell of a job and that’s why we can walk out of here with two points tonight.”

The game got off to fast and furious start, as the Islanders outshot the Senators 14-13 in the opening frame. Bailey broke the ice late in the first period, beating Anderson high glove from the slot. The goal was the product of some strong passing by the Islanders power-play unit, who sent the puck around the perimeter before Ryan Strome found Bailey alone in the slot.

“We did some good things, but the way the game started, I thought we were going to give up 40 shots,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “After the first we settled down, I thought our young kids got mentally to where they needed to be. We focused and then we battled.”

Both teams tightened up in the second period, taking half as many shots as they did in the first. The Senators broke through on a third period power play, as Milan Michalek corralled a loose puck in a goal-mouth scramble and briefly tied the score.

The Islanders won both games in Ottawa this season, clinching the season series victory over the Senators. The teams will rematch on Tuesday night, as the Isles host the Sens at Nassau Coliseum.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Islanders host the Washington Captials on Saturday night. Puck drop is at 5:00 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
17:09NYI PPG - Josh Bailey (8) ASST: Ryan Strome (10), Matt Donovan (11) 1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
3rd Period
06:41OTT PPG - Milan Michalek (17) ASST: Chris Neil (5), Patrick Wiercioch (17) 1 - 1 Tie
09:31NYI PPG - Casey Cizikas (6) ASST: Josh Bailey (25), Ryan Strome (11) 2 - 1 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
Casey Cizikas
Casey Cizikas
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:18
Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:55
Chris Neil
Chris Neil
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:30NYI Thomas Hickey  Tripping against  Matt Kassian
14:13NYI Calvin de Haan  Hooking against  Mika Zibanejad
14:55OTT Mark Stone  Hooking against  Cal Clutterbuck
16:21OTT Zack Smith  Hi-sticking against  Brock Nelson
2nd Period
10:38OTT Mika Zibanejad  Holding against  Mike Halmo
18:30NYI Ryan Strome  Hooking against  Mika Zibanejad
3rd Period
06:17NYI Johan Sundstrom  Tripping against  Mark Stone
08:14OTT Eric Gryba  Slashing against  Brock Nelson
19:57NYI Brock Nelson  Hooking against  Erik Karlsson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/41/5
Faceoff Wins1934
Blocked Shots2512
Penalty Minutes108
3T. HamonicD0002026:13
7M. CarknerD0000015:16
12J. BaileyR1101015:55
13C. McDonaldR0001013:45
14T. HickeyD0000216:17
15C. ClutterbuckR0003017:07
17M. MartinL0000013:08
18R. StromeR0201217:10
24K. CzuczmanD0001017:32
27A. LeeL0004013:54
28J. SundstromC000129:55
29B. NelsonL0000216:53
43M. HalmoL0002010:48
44C. de HaanD0002222:37
46M. DonovanD0102021:10
51F. NielsenC0003019:33
53C. CizikasC1003013:18
56J. PerssonL0001013:02
45A. Nilsson3536.97260:00
3M. MethotD0002022:25
4C. PhillipsD0003017:35
5C. CeciD0000017:08
7K. TurrisC0005020:08
9M. MichalekL1001017:10
15Z. SmithC0003216:15
16C. MacArthurL0004019:04
22E. CondraR000108:15
25C. NeilR0101014:53
28M. KassianL000005:26
44J. PageauC000207:56
46P. WierciochD0105018:23
61M. StoneR0000216:56
62E. GrybaD0003215:21
65E. KarlssonD0003026:47
68M. HoffmanL0000016:30
83A. HemskyR0001017:03
93M. ZibanejadC0002217:32
41C. Anderson2527.92659:08