The Ottawa Senators were having trouble scoring goals — and winning matches — the previous three weeks. The two issues were resolved Friday night against the New York Islanders.
Ryan Dzingel’s second goal of the game snapped a tie early in third period and the Senators finished a seven-game losing streak with a wild 6-5 win over the New York Islanders.
“It’s great to get a win,” Dzingel stated. “Right now it isn’t important how we do it, so long as we do it.”
Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan, Thomas Chabot and Mike Hoffman also scored for Ottawa, which was 0-6-1 since sweeping Colorado in 2 matches in Sweden on Nov. 10-11. The Senators had totalled only nine goals during their slide where they had not scored more than twice in any match.
“We’re on the brink of scoring the past few games,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “This was coming.”
Craig Anderson allowed five goals on 18 shots before he was pulled midway through the second period. Mike Condon arrived for the Senators and stopped all 19 shots he faced, such as Jordan Eberle’s point-blank effort in the final seconds.
“You get that one save and go to work,” said Condon, who was mobbed by teammates in the final buzzer. “From there you just stay in the moment. It was a mad last minute. I am glad we got away with this one.”
Anders Lee had two goals, and Anthony Beauvillier, Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera also scored for New York, which snapped a four-game winning streak and dropped at home in regulation for the first time this year (8-1-2). Thomas Greiss began and was also pulled after giving up five goals on 20 shots. Jaroslav Halak replaced him and finished with 14 saves.
Dzingel, who opened the scoring early in the first, got his eighth of the year 1:38 into the third to put Ottawa ahead 6-5.
The Senators led 3-2 heading into the second period once the game continued its high-scoring and flat-rate rate as the teams combined for the following five goals.
“Everything was going in. The pucks had eyes,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. “We took the lead back twice but we tried to make it cute. Credit to them. We created a great deal of space for them.”
Lee tied the score at 3 at 3:01 with his next of game and 15th of the year. Ladd put the Islanders ahead at 4:17 with his seventh.
Chabot scored his first career goal at 8:26 to tie it 4-4 until Chimera answered just 14 minutes after his first of the season on a breakaway. It was career goal No. 184 for the 38-year-old forward.
At that moment, Senators coach Guy Boucher substituted Anderson with Condon.
“It’s been tough last seven matches so we will need to enjoy and bottle this and feel great,” Condon said. “Hopefully we this can catalyze into more momentum.”
Hoffman tied it when he put the puck past Greiss at 11:49, prompting Islanders coach Doug Weight to change goalies.
Dzingel opened the scoring for Ottawa at 8:32 of the first, beating Greiss with a high shot.
Smith made it 2-0 at 9:41 when he corralled a loose puck just inside the blue line and fired a shot past Greiss. The goal ended a 27-game scoreless streak for Smith dating back to last March.
Matt Duchene, who was acquired from Colorado in a three-team commerce the last time he was in Brooklyn with the Avalanche on Nov. 5, enrolled his first aid with the Senators on Smith’s goal.
The Islanders cut the early deficit in half when Beauvillier converted Chimera’s pass from behind the net past Anderson at 12:13
Lee knotted the score at 14:27 when he banged a rebound past Anderson on the power-play. Josh Bailey and Nick Leddy assisted.
Ryan put the visitors ahead 3-2 when the puck hit his skate after teammate Dion Phaneuf slid it across the crease and found its way between Greiss’ skate and the post. The goal in 18:55 was Ryan’s first in 16 matches this year.
Ottawa outshot New York 11-9 at the high-scoring opening period while the Islanders had a 16-14 edge in the second and 12-10 in the third.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail