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By Jason Lockhart
After the Islanders kept it close with Ottawa for two periods, the Senators took control in the third period to come away with a 5-2 victory over the Islanders Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum.
Martin Gerber made 21 saves for the victory, while Wade Dubielewicz turned aside 42 of 46 shots in his first start this season for the Islanders.
"It's a tough position for Dubie," said Mike Sillinger. "He did a good job last night, and tonight he started and played hard. We didn't do a good job in front of him, since they found a way to get a lot of pucks to the front of the net."
The Islanders and Senators were tied just past the halfway point of the game, but the Senators rattled off three straight goals to take a commanding three-goal lead. A late power-play goal by Marc-Andre Bergeron cut the lead to 4-2, but the Islanders could not get their third goal.
With wins tonight by Tampa Bay, the Rangers, Montreal and Toronto, the Islanders are three back of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"It's getting frustrating," said Mike Sillinger. "These last few games we've been stuck at the 84-point mark. We're running out of games. Before tonight we were getting help from other teams, but we're not helping ourselves."
Christoph Schubert scored off a 2-on-1, while playing 4-on-4, with 19.9 seconds remaining in the first period for the only goal in the opening 20 minutes.
After missing a golden opportunity while shorthanded, Viktor Kozlov made up for it on his next shift with his 25th goal of the season. Miroslav Satan gathered a rebound and dished it in front to Kozlov, who shot it into a gaping net with 8:49 left in the second period.
Just 28 seconds later, Ottawa took the lead again. Mike Comrie danced around newly acquired defenseman Deron Quint before shooting the puck past Dubielewicz
Less than a minute into the third period, Comrie scored his second goal of the game when he re-directed the puck past the goal line after it ricocheted off the end boards.
Dean McAmmond made it 4-1 at 4:47 of the final period, scoring on the backhand off a drop pass from Daniel Alfredsson.
Alexei Yashin found Bergeron for an easy one-timer past Gerber with just over six minutes remaining.
Dany Heatley added an empty-netter for a 5-2 Senators lead.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Mike Comrie: Two goals, including one worthy of highlight reels
2. Christoph Schubert: Goal, assist, +4
3. Chris Phillips: +4, four takeaways
4. Wade Dubielewicz: Kept the Islanders in the game with 42 saves
5. Dany Heatley: Scored an empty-netter on his ninth shot
Fan of the Game: Nick from Bellmore is a Rick DiPietro fan. He told newyorkislanders.com that his favorite game of the season was the Islanders' 6-5 win over the Penguins on February 19th when Mike Sillinger scored the game-winner with less than a minute left.
Slapshots: Wade Dubielewicz's last start came on January 26th, 2006 in a 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh...Alexei Yashin extended his point streak to six games (2-5)...Deron Quint suited up with the Islanders for the first time this season after coming over from the Berlin Polar Bears...Rick DiPietro, Bruno Gervais, Richard Zednik and Freddy Meyer were tonight's scratches...Tonight's attendance was 15,598.
Game Operations: It was Fan Appreciation Day at the Nassau Coliseum, and that meant there were even more special giveaways and events for the fans than usual. Upon walking into the Coliseum, you might have noticed the LIPA t-shirts on every chair in the Coliseum. After that, it was giveaway central. Nearly 100 prizes were handed out to fans in attendance. Some of the prizes included a pair of round-trip plane tickets courtesy of American Airlines, a Revelation diamond pendant and dozens of Islanders merchandise...During the first intermission the LIPA "I am an Energy Star" semifinalists performed the LIPA Energy Star theme song.
34 Wade Dubielewicz
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 6 Sean Hill
21 Deron Quint - 14 Chris Campoli
3 Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
94 Ryan Smyth - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
11 Andy Hilbert - 27 Randy Robitaille - 55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
15 Jeff Tambellini - 10 Richard Park - 45 Arron Asham
29 Martin Gerber
1 Ray Emery
6 Wade Redden - 14 Andrej Meszaros
4 Chris Phillips - 5 Christoph Schubert
7 Joe Corvo - 42 Tom Preissing
15 Dany Heatley - 19 Jason Spezza - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
27 Peter Schaefer - 12 Mike Fisher - 89 Mike Comrie
20 Antoine Vermette - 22 Chris Kelly - 25 Chris Neil
37 Dean McAmmond - 61 Oleg Saprykin - 16 Brian McGrattan