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Three-goal third rallies Senators past Isles

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:14 AM

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Three-goal third rallies Senators past Isles
Ottawa Senators 4, New York Islanders 3
It was an exhilarating sendoff to the Olympic break for the Ottawa Senators. For the New York Islanders, it was simply a disappointment.

Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored goals 1:33 apart in the third period Sunday and the Senators rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Alex Kovalev started the comeback and Jarkko Ruutu also scored for Ottawa, which reclaimed first place in the Northeast Division with the two points. Brian Elliott finished with 34 saves and won his 12th game since Jan. 18, tops in the League.

"To be able to win like we have in the past month-and-a half, it takes a lot of emotional energy," Clouston said. "It's a good opportunity for us to just get away, come back energized and refocused and get ready to make that last push."

Fresh off a one-goal win over the Lightning on Saturday, the Islanders could have closed to within four points of an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a victory. They led 3-1 on a pair of goals by Blake Comeau and one from Matt Moulson, but let it slip away.

“We’ll put it behind us,” a visibly disappointed coach Scott Gordon said. “We have plenty of time before our next game.”

It appeared as though the Senators would be the ones going into the break with a bad taste in their mouths, but everything changed over the final 20 minutes.

After killing off 56 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play for the Islanders, they cut their deficit to a goal when Kovalev beat Dwayne Roloson on a wrist shot inside the left post at the 3:47 mark.

"In the third period, we took over and forechecked harder," Spezza said. "When you start taking more chances, they sit back on their heels and it was too late to change momentum back."

A slashing penalty to Bruno Gervais led to Spezza scoring on the power play at 9:13, the game-tying goal representing his 12th in 13 games. Moments later, Fisher put Ottawa in front to stay when he tipped in a Filip Kuba feed for his 20th of the season, tying Milan Michalek for the team lead.

"I saw (Kuba) rounding the corner and he just looked up, saw me and made a sick pass," Fisher said. "It was an easy one for me. Right on my stick. It was all him."

Ruutu opened the scoring for the Senators at 6:16 of the first, but the Islanders took control of the game after that. Comeau evened the scoring with 4:06 left in the period, beating Elliott to his glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

Moulson’s team-leading 22nd of the season made it 2-1 in the second. He redirected Trent Hunter’s feed to the goal mouth at 5:05 after Hunter had chipped the puck away from Ottawa forward Jesse Winchester. New York increased its lead on Comeau’s second of the game, a point-blank wrist shot with 6:03 remaining in the period.

"We didn't have to do anything but keep playing," said Roloson, who stopped 31 shots. "Unfortunately, we made mistakes in our end that ended up in our net."

Material from wire services and team broadcast media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:16
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Neil (9), Jesse Winchester (9)
1 - 0 OTT
15:54
NYI
Blake Comeau (8) Slapshot - ASST: Richard Park (13), Dustin Kohn (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:05
NYI
Matt Moulson (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Trent Hunter (14)
2 - 1 NYI
13:57
NYI
Blake Comeau (9) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew MacDonald (4), Doug Weight (14)
3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
03:47
OTT
Alex Kovalev (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (11), Peter Regin (12)
3 - 2 NYI
09:13
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (32), Alex Kovalev (29)
3 - 3 Tie
10:46
OTT
Mike Fisher (20) Tip-in - ASST: Filip Kuba (25), Alex Kovalev (30)
4 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:22
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Matt Moulson
19:21
OTT
Brian Lee  Tripping against  Kyle Okposo
2nd Period
06:03
OTT
Ryan Shannon  Holding the stick against  Doug Weight
10:12
NYI
Blake Comeau  Boarding against  Brian Lee
18:54
OTT
Peter Regin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
20:00
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Slashing against  Frans Nielsen
3rd Period
07:48
NYI
Bruno Gervais  Slashing against  Mike Fisher
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .919SH: 2 - 2
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 35TOI: 58:09
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1