GAME: Ottawa Senators (24-11-7-3) at New York Islanders (21-19-4-1).
TIME: Monday, Noon EST.
The New York Islanders were unable to protect a four-goal lead at Ottawa
last week. They'll try to do better on home ice, where they've won nine of
their last 11 games, when they host the surging Senators.
New York jumped out to a 4-0 lead late in the second period at the Corel
Centre on Thursday night, but the Senators rallied back for a 4-4 tie, getting
third-period goals from Todd White, Martin Havlat and Zdeno Chara.
Patrick Lalime made 34 saves for the Senators, who followed the rousing
comeback up with a 4-0 win over Boston on Saturday, who have just one loss in
16 games (11-1-4).
"It just proves that we have to show up for 60 minutes," Islanders
defenseman Kenny Jonsson said after the loss at Ottawa. "We can't play well
for 40 minutes and then play like we did in the third period."
Jonsson, who committed a crucial turnover in Thursday's loss, bounced back
on Saturday with a goal and an assist as the Islanders got past the Buffalo
Sabres 4-2. Rick DiPietro made 27 saves and New York had three power-play
goals, including two in the opening six minutes.
"I didn't bring it up," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said of the
squandered opportunity in Ottawa. "I thought about it, but I didn't think we
needed any negativity."
Newly acquired forward Cliff Ronning registered his first goal for the
Islanders on Saturday, opening the scoring with a 40-foot slap show on the man
Martin Havlat led the Senators in Saturday's win over Boston, scoring two
goals and adding two assists. Martin Prusek made 20 saves for Ottawa.