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Islanders sweep split-squad games against Senators

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 11:44 PM / Roundup


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Islanders sweep split-squad games against Senators
NHL.com recaps the action from Sunday, September 29 -- the final night of the preseason -- featuring split-squad games between the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.

Johan Sundstrom scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators in a split-squad preseason game Sunday night in Barrie, Ontario.

Kyle Okposo, Sundstrom and Justin Johnson gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead after the first period. Sundstrom added his second goal in the middle period and John Tavares scored in the third for the Islanders.

Matt Puempel and Cory Conacher scored for Ottawa.

Anders Nilsson picked up the victory for the Islanders, stopping 15 of 16 shots in the first half of the game before being replaced by Kevin Poulin, who turned aside 15 of the 16 attempts he faced.

"With our 5-on-5 and special teams play, we've accomplished what we wanted to accomplish," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We've still got Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week to work more on those things. All of our guys have battled for the last few weeks. Unfortunately, you can only keep so many of them."

New York is off until it opens the regular season on the road Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots for the Senator, who begin a season-opening six-game trip with a visit to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

New York Islanders 4, Ottawa Senators 1

Riley Wetmore and Ryan Strome scored first-period goals to help the Islanders complete a split-squad series sweep of the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson added second-period goals to give New York a 4-0 lead. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 14 of 15 shots through two periods and Ken Reiter made 11 saves in the third.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots.

"This is a hard League and if you don't come prepared to play and work any team in this League can beat you," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "That team that played us flat outworked us in every area of the game and deserved to win and that should give us a real good wake-up call going into next week."

Material from wire services was used in this report.

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