The win was Halak’s 10th consecutive victory, which ties Billy Smith’s 32-year-old record for the longest streak in Islanders history.
“It’s a team effort,” Halak said. “it’s not only me. Tonight I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates, or on any of the nights. Everybody deserves credit for it. One game at a time.”
Halak and the Islanders couldn’t have done it without Hickey, who set up the Islanders’ second goal before scoring the game-winner. In overtime, Hickey came off the point, skated around the net and threw a shot off Cody Ceci's skate and behind Sens goalie Craig Anderson. The Islanders defenseman didn’t see how it went in, but heard the horn go off, sealing the two points.
“We knew against a goaltender like that, we’d have to get pucks on net,” Head Coach Jack Capunao said. “We knew it was going to end in that fashion.”
The Islanders improved to 8-0 in overtime/shootout games and earned their seventh straight home win.
Despite outshooting the Senators 9-5 in the first period, the Islanders found themselves trailing 1-0. Mike Hoffman beat Halak with a low, long-range slap shot at 10:04. The Islanders pressed, but didn’t come up with the equalizer until the last 1:34 of the second period, when Brock Nelson beat Anderson high blocker on a breakaway.
“Maybe pucks weren’t going our way, but we stuck with it,” Hickey said. “We had a lot of offensive pressure and when you do that it wears teams down.”
Nelson’s goal revitalized the Islanders, who came less than one tenth of a second from taking a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Casey Cizikas hammered a slap shot past Anderson at the buzzer, but the puck did not cross the line before the clock hit 0.0.
The Islanders carried the momentum into the third period, as Hickey stuffed the puck through the crease for Ryan Strome to tap in 67 seconds into the final frame for a 2-1 lead.
“They have defensemen that like to jump up in the play, so I think we were at our best when we got the pucks in behind them,” Strome said. “The more we did that, the better we were.”
Clarke MacArthur tied the game 10 minutes later, knocking in a Mark Stone feed at the top of the crease.
The Islanders now travel to Ottawa for the back half of their home-and-home set with the Senators on Thursday. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.