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Tuesday, March 19th
(All times Eastern)
Ottawa Senators (15-8-6) at New York Islanders (13-12-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators have been compiling points at a steady
rate over the past several weeks and they'll shoot for a third straight win
when they visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
With their consecutive wins this weekend against Buffalo and Winnipeg, the
Senators have recorded just three victories in eight March contests. However,
Ottawa has gained at least a point in 12 of its last 14 games, going 8-2-4
during that stretch.
The Senators, who are seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference, posted an
overtime win Saturday at Buffalo before slamming the visiting Winnipeg Jets by
a 4-1 count on Sunday.
Kyle Turris and Jakob Silfverberg scored in a 75-second span late in the third
period to help Ottawa down the Jets at Scotiabank Place.
"He has learned how to adapt to that role (top center) and hopefully the
offense will come now," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said of Turris.
Silfverberg tallied twice for his first career multi-goal game, and Guillaume
Latendresse once for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson and Sergei Gonchar each
picked up two assists to back a 25-save performance by Robin Lehner.
With Ottawa holding a 2-1 lead and Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey in the box for
shooting the puck into the stands, Alfredsson slid a cross-ice pass from the
right wing to Turris, who whipped the puck home for a 3-1 game with 8 1/2
Only 75 seconds later, Silfverberg wheeled from behind the Winnipeg net to the
left circle and scored with a rising wrister.
"We can play him in any situation and have a lot of confidence in him,"
MacLean said of the rookie Silfverberg.
Sunday's contest was the beginning of a stretch that sees Ottawa play six of
seven on home ice, but Tuesday's matchup at Nassau Coliseum is the lone road
contest during the span. The Sens are 10-1-3 at home this season compared to a
5-7-3 record everywhere else.
The Islanders also enter Tuesday's tilt coming off consecutive wins, as the
club recently ended a three-game road trip with back-to-back victories at
Tampa Bay and Florida.
After posting a 2-0 win Thursday in Tampa, the Isles notched a 4-3 regulation
win Saturday against the Panthers. Casey Cizikas scored the winner with 7:05
to play as New York held off Florida, 4-3.
The Islanders led 3-0 after 40 minutes, but allowed Florida to even the score
with three goals in a span of less than two minutes in the third period.
However, Cizikas' game-winning tally would save the day with 7:05 left in
Keith Aucoin left the puck along the boards to the left of the net for
Cizikas, who then pushed it further along to Colin McDonald, who then sent it
back to Cizikas and he caught Clemmensen looking the other way for his fourth
goal of the season.
"We certainly don't want to blow leads like that every night because it's not
a way to build success, but it's nice that we got the win," said Cizikas.
Radek Martinek, Kyle Okposo and Brad Boyes all scored while Evgeni Nabokov
made 27 stops for the Islanders, who haven't won three games in a row since
March 25-29 of last season.
The Islanders, who are three points out of a playoff spot in the East, are
playing the next four games at Nassau Coliseum. New York is just 5-8-2 as the
host this season.
The Isles and Sens have split two meetings so far in 2013 and Tuesday's
encounter is the season series finale. New York ended a four-game losing
streak against Ottawa with a 3-2 shutout win at the Coliseum on March 3.
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