OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators intend to carry their strong December into
the new year.
Peter Schaefer scored with 5:55 remaining and Patrick Lalime recorded
Ottawa's second straight shutout, leading the Senators to a 1-0 victory over
the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Ottawa ended the Islanders' six-game winning streak by extending its own
season-high unbeaten run to eight games.
"We're finding ways to win," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "In
November, we didn't win those games, but tonight we found a way to win when we
Schaefer scored his ninth of the season 14:05 into the third, beating goalie
Garth Snow with a shot from the slot after taking defenseman Karel Rachunek's
pass from the right corner.
"It was a tough game," Schaefer said. "Both goalies played great and it
was a defensive battle. We were just fortunate enough to get a chance late in
the game, and fortunate for it to go in."
Lalime made 32 saves for his 30th career shutout. Senators backup Martin
Prusek got his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win in Boston on Tuesday.
"It just shows that we're committed to play well in our own end," said
Lalime, whose wife is due to give birth to their second child Friday. "We had
a big game. We stayed patient the whole way and we got the big goal with five
Snow, 9-4 since taking over the No. 1 job from Rick DiPietro, stopped 22 of
"It was a good game with some up-and-down play, and it's almost like you
knew the first goal going into the third period was going to be the
difference," Snow said.
The Islanders, who won 6-1 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday for their longest
winning streak in 11 years, failed to get a point for just the third time in 14
With captain Michael Peca already out of the lineup because of a mild groin
strain, the Islanders lost right wing Mark Parrish to a left ankle injury early
in the first period.
Peca, injured Wednesday against Pittsburgh, missed his first game of the
"We still played hard, which is good," Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin
said. "That's the kind of game, if you're going to lose, you want to go down
fighting, but it's a disappointing loss."