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Karlsson scores in overtime, Senators come from behind to beat Islanders 3-2

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OTTAWA - Erik Karlsson scored in overtime as the Ottawa Senators came from behind to defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday.

Karlsson finished off a cross-ice pass from Bobby Ryan at 3:34 of the extra period after Mike Hoffman forced overtime with a goal at 19:23 of the third period.

Mark Stone also scored for the Senators (14-7-5) while Karlsson tacked on two assists for a three-point night. Craig Anderson made 29 saves.

Matt Martin and Josh Bailey built the Islanders (15-8-5) a 2-0 before Ottawa stormed back late in the third period to force extra time. Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots in defeat.

New York got on the board first at 1:49 of the first period when Martin picked up a loose puck near the top of the right circle, fired a shot that deflected off the leg of Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki and past Anderson.

Ottawa went on the power play twice in the first period but were held to four shots.

An aggressive forecheck by the Islanders held the Senators in their own zone for much of the second period. Despite outshooting Ottawa 14-9, the Islanders weren't able to add to their one-goal lead.

New York thought it had scored its second goal of the game when a Ryan Strome shot was deflected off the crossbar at 5:07.

The Islanders went on the power play for the first time at 5:15 of the third period when Mika Zibanejad took an ill-timed penalty for slashing.

New York capitalized on the opportunity, making it 2-0 at 7:02. Bailey picked up a loose puck to the left of Anderson and outwaited a sliding Borowiecki to lift it into the open net. Assists went to Mikhail Grabovski and Anders Lee.

Anderson made the initial save on the play, but was unable to recover in time to stop the shot from Bailey.

The Senators finally got on the board at 8:58 when Stone fired a one-timer past a partially screened Halak after a give-and go play with Karlsson.

Ottawa went for the extra attacker, pulling Anderson, and it paid off when Hoffman fired a wrist shot that beat a screened Halak high to the stick side to tie things up with just 17 seconds left in regulation.

Senators forward Kyle Turris twisted his right leg awkwardly battling to keep the puck in the zone just prior to the tying goal being scored. He was helped off the ice, favouring his right leg.

Notes: Defenceman Patrick Wiercioch was the lone healthy scratch for the Senators. Scratches for the Islanders were forwards Steve Bernier and defenceman Brian Strait???Senators forward Mika Zibanejad made his return to the lineup and was joined by David Dziurzynski, who was recalled from Binghamton??? Craig Anderson made his tenth consecutive start Saturday??? It was the first meeting of the season for the two clubs. They meet again on Jan. 22 in Ottawa, while the Senators visit the Islanders on March 23.

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