Senators explode for three goals in the second period to top Islanders
The Islanders and Senators were knotted at zero through 20 minutes, but three second-period goals by Ottawa put the game out of reach. The Senators closed the game out for a 5-2 victory, Thursday night at Scotiabank Place.
The Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson line combined for two goals in the second period, which saw the Senators score an even-strength, power play and shorthanded tally in the middle frame. Martin Gerber earned the win making 25 saves.
"We can't afford penalty trouble and missed assignments," said head coach Ted Nolan. "Our special teams weren't very good. I thought we played well in the first but then we took too many penalties. Giving up so many shorthanded goals is a concern. We keep doing the same thing over and over again. We can't do that again. It's one thing if our power play is not scoring, but giving up a shorthanded goal is another."
Bill Guerin scored the two Islanders goals, while Wade Dubielewicz made 32 saves in the losing effort. The Islanders went 0-for-3 on the power play.
"You come to a place like this and you know it's going to be tough," said Dubie. "You give a talented group a 5-on-3 and they're going to score. After that we played on our heels. Then we tried to take a few chances to generate offense, but that always creates chances for the penalty killers. That shorthanded goal took the wind out of our sails."
Spezza and Alfredsson quickly put Ottawa up 2-0. Spezza scored on a 5-on-3 man-advantage with a bang-bang play between Heatley and Spezza at 1:01 of the second period. Just 1:43 later, Spezza found Alfredsson all alone for a high wrister past Dubielewicz.
With Ottawa down a man, Chris Kelly broke in all alone, late in the second period. He looked up at the scoreboard and saw that he had just about ten seconds. Kelly took the extra moment and wrung a shot off the post. Antoine Vermette had enough time to gather the rebound and throw it into the net with just under seven seconds left for a 3-0 Sens lead.
Bill Guerin cut the lead to 3-1 with a low shot from the slot at 8:13 of the third period. Richard Park earned the loan assist on the play.
Ottawa went up 5-1 with two goals in 45 seconds, midway through the third period. Nick Foligno scored when he deflected a centering pass out of mid-air over the goal line with Dubielewicz trying to return to the net. Mike Fisher then scored on the backhand after he broke through the defense.
Guerin scored his second of the game with a slapshot from the right circle off a feed from Blake Comeau with 4:21 to play to make it a 5-2 game.
On Saturday, the Islanders return to the Nassau Coliseum to face the New Jersey Devils on Town of Babylon Night.
Five Stars of the Game: 1. Jason Spezza: Extended his point streak to nine games, 1 g, 1a 2. Daniel Alfredsson: All over the ice creating chances, 1 g 3. Dany Heatley: Played playmaker with two assists 4. Bill Guerin: Two goals in the losing effort 5. Mike Fisher: A dandy move for his goal
Stat of the Game: Ottawa took the first ten shots on goal.
Slapshots: Bill Guerin's 12 goals lead the Islanders…Ruslan Fedotenko left the game in the second period with a hand injury…Rick DiPietro (knee), Radek Martinek (leg), Marc-Andre Bergeron (healthy) were tonight's scratches.
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32 Brendan Witt – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 44 Freddy Meyer
14 Chris Campoli - 4 Bryan Berard
10 Richard Park – 89 Mike Comrie – 13 Bill Guerin
26 Ruslan Fedotenko – 18 Mike Sillinger – 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim– 63 Josef Vasicek – 81 Miroslav Satan
28 Tim Jackman – 11 Andy Hilbert - 57 Blake Comeau
29 Martin Gerber
1 Ray Emery
6 Wade Redden - 5 Christoph Schubert
4 Chris Phillips - 14 Andrej Meszaros
3 Lawrence Nycholat - 2 Luke Richardson
15 Dany Heatley - 19 Jason Spezza – 11 Daniel Alfredsson
27 Randy Robitaille - 12 Mike Fisher - 25 Chris Neil
20 Antoine Vermette - 22 Chris Kelly - 10 Shean Donovan
71 Nick Foligno – 58 Cody Bass - 37 Dean McAmmond