Late Surge Can’t Save Islanders in 6-4 loss to Ottawa

New York, NY - The New York Islanders (13-22-7) were able to have a rally in the third period, but it was not enough in their 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators (17-21-6) in hockey action on Thursday night.

Sadly for the Islanders who had been playing so well as of late. Their defense was not sharp enough to stop the Ottawa Senators. New York was able to get somewhat of an offensive surge in the third period of play, but it was not enough to give them the victory.

Ottawa got on the board first when Daniel Alfredsson (14) netted a wrist shot at the 0:32 mark of the first period of play for the 1-0 lead. Trevor Gillies (1) was able to respond for the Islanders tallying a wrist shot of his own at the 7:23 mark to tie the game up at 1-1. The Senators were able to take a lead at the 9:50 mark when Jesse Winchester (4) connected on a wrister, which gave the Senators the 2-1 lead.

Milan Michalek (9) tallied a wrist shot on a short handed goal at the 7:13 mark of the second period to add to the Ottawa lead, making it 3-1. New York quickly cut into that lead when Blake Comeau (12) struck at the 10:31 mark to make the Senators lead 3-2.

Ottawa was able to quickly add to their lead with three goals to end the first period of play. The first of those three came when Chris Kelly (9) tallied a goal at the 10:51 mark to make the score 4-2. Nick Foligno (6) made the score 5-2 at the 13:01 mark, then Zack Smith (4) would add the final dagger making it 6-2 at the 14:27 mark.

New York was able to get two goals in their third period rally. The first from P.A. Parenteau (10) at the 1:49 mark to cut the Ottawa lead to 6-3. Then Milan Jurcina (3) scorched a slap shot for the Islanders at the 10:50 mark for the final score of 6-4.

In the cage for the Senators Robin Lehner made 20 saves, while on the other side of the ice the duo of Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson could not stop the Ottawa offense. Poulin made 17 saves on the night, while Lawson made 15.

New York will continue their home stand as they next host the Buffalo Sabres for a 7:00 p.m. face-off on Saturday night.