New York at Ottawa

Ottawa loses star Spezza then cedes game to Islanders


OTTAWA -- The New York Islanders were primed to claim their first win in Ottawa in nearly five years.

Marc-Andre Bergeron got his second power-play goal of the game early in the third and Mike Comrie scored later in the period, leading the Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Rick DiPietro made 31 saves for New York, which won its second in a row to finish 2-1-2 on its five-game road trip, the team's longest of the season. The Islanders hadn't beaten the Senators in Ottawa since March 15, 2003.

"It's a big win," DiPietro said. "It makes an average road trip a pretty good one. That was the big thing we wanted to do. We managed to win that last one and having dropped a couple of points in the first three games, it was nice to finish up the road trip with a win."

Daniel Alfredsson scored a power-play goal in the second for Ottawa, which ended a four-game winning streak that included a 3-2 victory over NHL-leading Detroit on Saturday.

"That's one thing we've learned from experience, any time a team has the emotional game the night before sometimes you catch them out a little bit," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "The one thing we wanted to do was make sure we came out and skate and maybe we'll take advantage of that. Tonight we certainly did."

Senators center Jason Spezza left the game following the first period after he was flattened by an open-ice hit by Islanders defenseman Freddy Meyer early in the game.

"Freddy got a clean hit, and any time a player makes a big hit like that, especially one of their skill guys, it definitely charges your bench up a little bit," DiPietro said.

The Senators lost All-Star right wing Dany Heatley, Spezza's linemate, for up to six weeks on Saturday when he dislocated his right shoulder during an awkward fall into the boards while he was trying to check Red Wings forward Dallas Drake.

Islanders forward Ruslan Fedotenko fell to the ice after he was hit in the head by Senators center Mike Fisher's arm in the Ottawa zone 10:50 into the third. Fedotenko went to the dressing room and didn't return.

"I saw him coming across and he was with Alfredsson and I guess he had his head down," Fisher said. "I thought I hit him clean and that's what I saw on the videos, so I hope he's OK."

Ottawa was 9-0-1 in its previous 10 games against the Islanders, outscoring them 43-17.

Senators goalie Martin Gerber stopped 28 shots, including a sensational save earlier in the play that led to Bergeron's second goal when he lunged to his right to deny Comrie's shot at an open net.

After the Islanders regained the lead at 2-1 following Bergeron's second goal 4:36 into the third, Comrie beat his former teammate for an unassisted goal at 6:16.

Comrie, who played 41 games with Ottawa last season and was part of the Senators' run to the Stanley Cup finals, burst down the right side and put a shot in off Gerber's right arm to give New York a two-goal lead.

Spezza had just received a pass from defenseman Wade Redden when he was checked by Meyer 3:47 in.

"I put him in a bad spot," Redden said.

The high-scoring center got up and skated slowly and directly to the bench, where he sat and spoke with trainer Gerry Townend.

He returned moments later without missing a shift and finished the first period, but didn't come out for the second.

A team spokesman said Spezza was held out for "precautionary measures," though there was no indication of the nature of his injury.

Senators coach John Paddock said the hit was clean.

"Jason wasn't expecting the puck," said Paddock, who hadn't spoken to the team's medical staff after the first period. "It was a terrible pass."

Alfredsson took a bad penalty late in the first when he cross-checked Meyer from behind in front of the Islanders net.

It proved costly as Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play to give New York a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Alfredsson tied it at 1 with his third power-play goal in two nights 16:07 into the second.


  • DiPietro took a shot at the empty net in the final moments but his rink-long attempt went just wide of the left post.
  • With Heatley out, veteran left wing Randy Robitaille joined Alfredsson on Ottawa's top line before Spezza left the game.
  • Heatley ended a streak of 238 consecutive regular-season games. He has 125 goals and 139 assists in 207 games with the Senators since he was acquired before the 2005-06 season in the trade that sent Marian Hossa to Atlanta.
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Goalie Rick DiPietro works hard in net, stoning the Senators 31 times to notch the victory.  (AP)
Goalie Rick DiPietro works hard in net, stoning the Senators 31 times to notch the victory. (AP)
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Three Stars
D. Alfredsson

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Bergeron

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Comrie

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
19:38Power Play - Marc-Andre Bergeron (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie
16:07Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (29), Tip-In. Assist: Wade Redden, Joe Corvo
04:36Power Play - Marc-Andre Bergeron (8), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
06:16Mike Comrie (14), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
04:46Donovan, 2 min, Hooking
09:20Fedotenko, 2 min, Hooking
10:47Alfredsson, 2 min, Cross-Checking
10:47Gervais, 2 min, Slashing
13:01Neil, 2 min, Charging
18:46Alfredsson, 2 min, Interference
02:00Schubert, 2 min, Cross-Checking
03:06Richardson, 2 min, Holding
15:52Bergenheim, 2 min, Slashing
16:26Berard, 2 min, Cross-Checking
16:37Redden, 2 min, Interference
19:25Schubert, 2 min, Roughing
04:24Neil, 2 min, Hooking
14:57Schubert, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
New York1471031
Rick DiPietro60:00311
Martin Gerber57:52283
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