UNIONDALE, N.Y. - New York defenceman Freddy Meyer scored twice and added an assist, and the Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Andy Hilbert and Trent Hunter had the other goals for the Islanders, who beat the Senators three times in a season for the first time since Ottawa rejoined the NHL in 1992. Joey MacDonald, who started his 14th straight game, stopped 19 shots for the win.
Top-line forwards Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa, 2-1-2 in its last five games. Alex Auld turned aside 21 shots.
Heatley put the Senators ahead 7:32 into the game on Ottawa's second shot. He took the puck, moved across the slot, and beat MacDonald with a wrist shot.
The Islanders tied it on a delayed penalty call when Hilbert tipped Meyer's left point shot past Auld at 12:41. The play went to a video review but it was determined that Hilbert's stick wasn't above the crossbar when he deflected the shot.
The second period was scoreless until the last minute, when the Islanders took a 2-1 lead with 34.5 seconds left.
Jon Sim skated down right wing on a rush and threw a centring pass down low. The puck crossed over to Meyer, who was streaking in, and he tipped it past Auld as he fell down.
The Islanders went up 3-1 at 1:57 of the third period. Just after a power play ended, Meyer found a tight hole with a left point slap shot.
Alfredsson narrowed the Senators' gap to 3-2 when he finished a give-and-go with Heatley at 8:04. It was Alfredsson's sixth of the season.
Ottawa pressed to tie it, but New York sealed the win when Hunter backhanded his 10th goal into an empty net with 61 seconds left.
Notes: This was the only road game in a stretch in which Ottawa plays six of seven games at home, including Wednesday's visit by the Atlanta Thrashers to Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1200) ... Ottawa is now 7-0-3 with Auld in goal when allowing two goals or less and 0-6 when surrendering three or more ... The Senators played without four regulars: Shean Donovan (upper body), Dean McAmmond (illness), Alex Picard (wrist) and Chris Neil (right leg) ... Islanders rookie C Josh Bailey will remain with the team for the entire season instead of going back to juniors ... No Islanders defenceman has recorded a hat trick since Denis Potvin on March 4, 1982.