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Don't panic? Ottawa Senators struggle in 4-1 loss to New York Islanders

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Don't panic? Ottawa Senators struggle in 4-1 loss to New York Islanders

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators wrapped-up the pre-season with a disappointing performance in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

Riley Wetmore, Ryan Strome, Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders. Evgeni Nabokov allowed one goal on 15 shots through two periods and Ken Reiter faced 11 shots in the third.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the lone Ottawa goal as Craig Anderson faced 23 shots.

It was a rough night all around for the Senators as the other half of the team was beat 5-2 by the Islanders in Barrie, Ont.

The Senators seemed to struggle right from the start.

Wetmore opened the scoring 16:48 into the first period. Anderson made the stop on Kirill Kabanov's wraparound, but Wetmore buried the rebound. Less than a minute later Strome put the Isles ahead 2-0.

The Islanders made it 3-0 in the second on Pulock's power-play goal as he beat a screened Anderson. Nelson's goal just over three minutes later left Senators coach Paul MacLean fuming as he lit into his team during a commercial break.

Shortly after the Senators showed some life as Pageau took a great pass from Cody Ceci to get on the board.

The Senators finally managed to create some chances in the third, but Reiter was solid in relief of Nabokov.

Notes: Ottawa captain Jason Spezza remains sidelined with a mild groin sprain. D Eric Gryba played his first game of the pre-season.

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