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Islanders head to Ottawa after 7-0 loss

by Dan Rosen

ISLANDERS (6-8-1) at SENATORS (8-6-2)


Season series: This is the first of three meetings between the Islanders and Senators this season. Ottawa picked up seven out of a possible eight points against the Islanders last season, winning the final three meetings by a combined 16-3.

Big story: Both teams played Monday and had much different results. The Senators won a tight game in New Jersey in a shootout, 2-1. The Islanders were blasted in their own building by the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-0. Ottawa snapped a two-game losing streak while the Islanders' two-game winning streak came to an end.

Team Scope:

Islanders: Nothing worked for the Islanders on Monday in their 7-0 loss to Philadelphia.

"The execution was horrendous," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Not only did John Tavares' personal five-game goal scoring streak came to an end, the Islanders' best player was on the ice for three of the Flyers' five even-strength goals. Tavares also committed two minor penalties in the first period.

The Islanders' red-hot power play, which was 7-for-12 in the previous three games, went 0-for-5 and was held to just one shot on goal, which came in a failed two-minute 5-on-3.

Evgeni Nabokov was in net for all seven goals as he was never pulled Capuano, who said it's likely that Rick DiPietro will start Tuesday in Ottawa.

"They won the wall battles. They won the 50-50 puck battles. Physically they manhandled us," Capuano said of the Flyers. "That, to me, is controllable. That's your work ethic. That's your battle level. And, that's what's unacceptable."

Senators: Scoring has been an issue since the Senators announced center Jason Spezza had surgery on a herniated disc and would likely miss the rest of the regular season.

It was again Monday in New Jersey, but at least Ottawa found a way to get two points.

Daniel Alfredsson tied the game midway through the third period with his fourth goal of the season and Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift Ottawa to a 2-1 win over the Devils.

The Senators, who are also playing without Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, have scored only 12 goals in nine games this month. They are 3-5-1, but on Monday they were able to get a come-from-behind victory.

Stephen Gionta scored for the Devils just 79 seconds into the game, but goalie Ben Bishop stopped every other shot he faced, including the three in the shootout, to finish with 30 saves and his first win of the season.

"I thought our whole group made a good accountability of themselves," Senators coach Paul MacLean said following the win over New Jersey. "Frustration is a useless emotion. We had to keep working at it."

Who's hot: All the Islander hot streaks came to a screeching halt Monday. It's also hard to refer to anybody on the Senators as being hot right now since they only have 12 goals this month. Silfverberg, though, chipped in on Alfredsson's goal and scored in the shootout Monday, so he was a big reason why the Senators got a win.

Injury report: The Islanders are missing defensemen Matt Carkner (groin) and Brian Strait, who was injured midway through the second period Monday. Capuano said Strait will likely be out a while. The Senators are playing without Spezza (back), Karlsson (left Achilles) and Jared Cowan (hip). Milan Michalek (knee), Guillaume Latendresse (neck) and Peter Regin (chest) have also been out.

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