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The New York Islanders made crucial mistakes late in this game and Ottawa Senators took advantage when they needed to.

  • New York Islanders: 5 (15-8-2, 32 points)
  • Ottawa Senators: 6 (9-9-6, 24 points)
  • NYI Goals: Anthony Beauvillier (3), Anders Lee (14,15), Andrew Ladd (7), Jason Chimera (1)
  • OTT Goals: Ryan Dzingel (7,8), Zack Smith (1), Bobby Ryan (1), Thomas Chabot (1), Mike Hoffman (9)
  • NHL Final, Box Score

The final 30 seconds of this game was pure chaos on the ice. The New York Islanders were trying to tie the game up with the extra attacker and they had a plenty of chances. The puck just never found its way into the net.

Despite the outcome, this game was exciting from start to finish. The first period featured five goals, including two within minutes of each other by Ryan Dzingel and Zack Smith to give the Senators an early lead. The Islanders’ Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee answered with goals of their own in quick succession. Bobby Ryan tacked one on for the Senators late in the period for the 3-2 lead.

The key takeaway was the Islanders had three power plays, but only managed to score on one. They had Ottawa on their heels and failed to really take control of the game.

Both goaltenders were chased from the game in the second period. Tonight was just one of those nights where it didn’t look like either team would stop scoring. Mike Condon was the difference maker for the Senators tonight. He made 19 saves on as many shots and even the Islanders last second flurry of shots couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Islanders lost this game because of a few stretches of sloppy play that Ottawa took advantage of. Late in the third period, Nick Leddy was called for a slashing penalty. Ryan Dzingel would score his second goal of the night on that power play. It would prove to be the game winner.

This team has been playing very consistent hockey of late. Anders Lee continues his hot scoring, while getting in the dirty areas and burying the pucks in front of the net. That first line looks deadly right now. The Isles are going to need to bounce back from this loss on Monday when they start a four-game road trip against the Florida Panthers.

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