Senators 5, Islanders 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — No captain Daniel Alfredsson. No scoring leader Jason Spezza. No problem against the New York Islanders.

Kyle Turris scored twice and had a pair of assists, Milan Michalek added his team-leading 35th goal and the Ottawa Senators clinched a post-season berth with a 5-1 victory over the Islanders on Sunday.

The Senators won their fourth straight game to move four points behind idle New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Alfredsson was absent because of the flu and Spezza — pacing Ottawa with 82 points — was with his wife for the birth of their second daughter, Nicola Patricia. The absences didn't faze their teammates.

"We knew we were missing two key guys but we played a very solid and focused team game," said Senators coach Paul MacLean, who reached the post-season in his first season as an NHL head coach. "The leadership on our team did a tremendous job all season to pull us up by our bootstraps and create a winning foundation."

The Senators, with 92 points, are four ahead of eighth-place Washington. Both teams have three games left before the NHL's regular season ends Saturday.

The Islanders lost their second straight at home after two rousing wins over Pittsburgh to reach the .500 mark. New York was eliminated from playoff contention for a fifth straight season Saturday with a 6-3 home loss to Boston.

"There was no urgency in our game tonight," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Islanders defenceman Mark Streit opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season on a pass from John Tavares at 7:55 of the first period. It was the only shot to elude Craig Anderson, who made 29 saves.

Turris, acquired from Phoenix on Dec. 17, tied it with his 11th goal with 3:20 left in the first on assists from Michalek and defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

Gonchar scored at 3:09 of the second after a slick behind-the-back pass from Michalek, whipping the puck past Islanders goaltender Al Montoya. It was Gonchar's fifth of the season.

Michalek pushed it to 3-1 roughly three minutes later, and Nick Foligno scored with 6:39 left in the period to make it 4-1. Turris added his second of the game seven minutes into the third.

"What a great feeling this is, to know we are in the playoffs," said the 22-year-old Turris, the third overall pick by the Coyotes in 2007. "It was fun skating on a line with Milan tonight and doing so well. Definitely, this is a satisfying night for me."

Ottawa dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at home to the Islanders on Feb. 3, but has outscored them 16-3 in three meetings since - all victories.

The Senators routed New York 6-0 on the road Feb. 20, getting two goals and four points from Erik Karlsson, who leads all NHL defencemen with 78 points. Ottawa also beat the Islanders 5-2 at home on Feb. 26.

"Tonight was another example of how well we can play as a team," said Michalek, who hadn't scored more than 26 goals in a season before this year. "We gave up the first goal but came back and took control of the game."

The Senators missed the playoffs last season and haven't advanced past the first round since they reached the 2007 Stanley Cup final, losing to Anaheim in five games.

"We're going in the right direction, coming together at the right time and playing hard as a team," said defenseman Chris Phillips, who made his debut with the Senators in 1997. "We had a lot to prove this year and we've done well with that so far. Now we look to the playoffs."

New York had won three straight and five of six coming into this weekend.

NOTES: The Islanders fell to 19-42-14 against the Senators ... Matt Moulson extended his game streak to 243. He hasn't missed a game in his Islanders career ... Karlsson is the youngest NHL defenceman to reach the 70-point mark since Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers did it in 1988-89 ... The Senators return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:55NYI Mark Streit (7) ASST: John Tavares (47), Matt Moulson (33) 1 - 0 NYI
16:40OTT Kyle Turris (11) ASST: Milan Michalek (24), Sergei Gonchar (32) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:09OTT PPG - Sergei Gonchar (5) ASST: Milan Michalek (25), Kyle Turris (15) 2 - 1 OTT
06:00OTT Milan Michalek (35) ASST: Kyle Turris (16), Bobby Butler (10) 3 - 1 OTT
13:21OTT Nick Foligno (15) ASST: Jesse Winchester (6), Colin Greening (19) 4 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
07:00OTT PPG - Kyle Turris (12) ASST: Chris Neil (15), Nick Foligno (31) 5 - 1 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris
G: 2Shots: 8
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:45
Milan Michalek
Milan Michalek
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:26
Sergei Gonchar
Sergei Gonchar
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 22:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:10OTT Jared Cowen  Illegal Check To Head against  Nino Niederreiter
08:26NYI Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
08:26OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
09:32OTT Milan Michalek  Holding against  Andrew MacDonald
2nd Period
01:50NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Colin Greening
19:14NYI Josh Bailey  Slashing against  Kaspars Daugavins
3rd Period
05:13NYI Micheal Haley  Roughing against  Chris Neil
17:24OTT Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  Michael Grabner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/30/3
Faceoff Wins3422
Blocked Shots1122
Penalty Minutes1111
2J. CowenD0010217:06
4C. PhillipsD0011020:16
7K. TurrisC2218015:45
9M. MichalekL1223217:26
14C. GreeningC0111013:54
15Z. SmithC0000012:49
16B. ButlerR0113012:04
17F. KubaD0000020:40
18J. WinchesterC0113015:54
22E. CondraR0000016:47
23K. DaugavinsL0000015:41
25C. NeilR0100512:41
36R. KlinkhammerL0001011:38
42J. O'BrienC0002014:53
55S. GoncharD1111222:50
65E. KarlssonD0003023:05
71N. FolignoL1104013:51
97M. GilroyD0012016:40
41C. Anderson2930.96760:00
2M. StreitD1004022:01
3T. HamonicD00-16021:21
4M. EatonD00-11017:54
12J. BaileyR00-21215:22
15P. ParenteauR0001016:40
16M. ReasonerC00-11013:39
17M. MartinL0001014:19
18M. HaleyC0003713:02
21K. OkposoR00-10014:31
24S. StaiosD00-10017:13
25N. NiederreiterR00-10012:48
26M. MoulsonL0102016:27
27M. JurcinaD0003018:08
29J. PandolfoL0001012:48
40M. GrabnerR0003013:21
47A. MacDonaldD00-12020:18
51F. NielsenC00-11017:06
91J. TavaresC0100217:56
35A. Montoya2732.84460:00