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game recap

Senators 5, Islanders 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:53 AM

Associated Press

OTTAWA - After falling out of serious playoff contention, the Ottawa Senators haven't been content to simply play out the season.

Chris Neil, Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley and Nick Foligno scored goals to help the Senators win their seventh straight home game, 5-2 over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

"It's nice to do it now instead of not at all, I guess," said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We don't always play great but we've been sticking out and finding a way. We're making more of our chances."

Brian Elliott made 20 saves and Alfredsson and Brendan Bell had three assists each for Ottawa. The Senators improved to 31-30-10, the first time they've been above .500 since Nov. 6.

"We're like a different team," Fisher said. "We're playing with more energy and having more fun playing as a team and that's the way we should have been playing all year. We've been competing in all areas of the ice, been getting good goaltending and getting more goals."

Josh Bailey scored twice in the third period for New York.

"If you have a good night, it makes it a lot sweeter if it's a W," Bailey said. "As far as myself, it was only a good third period. My first two periods were off big time and I think that goes along with the rest of the team, too. They played well and we have to give credit where credit is deserved."

Ottawa scored four second-period goals.

Neil opened the scoring 28 seconds into the period with a shot from the slot that barely crossed the line after goalie Yann Danis got a piece of the puck.

Kuba scored his third of the season at 9:14, and Fisher and Heatley later scored 37 seconds apart. Fisher used a chip shot to score at 13:06, and Heatley snapped home a shot from the top of the circle at 13:43.

Danis made 21 saves.

Notes: Islanders centre Doug Weight missed his 17th straight game because off a knee injury ... Ottawa's Mike Comrie missed a chance to suit up against his former teammates, He sat out his third straight game with the flu ... Chris Neil played in his 500th NHL game Saturday, all with the Senators ... Ottawa is at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday night to face the Rangers (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1200), the first of six straight games on the road.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:28
OTT
Chris Neil (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (13)
1 - 0 OTT
09:14
OTT
Filip Kuba (3) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (46), Brendan Bell (12)
2 - 0 OTT
13:06
OTT
Mike Fisher (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (10), Ryan Shannon (8)
3 - 0 OTT
13:43
OTT
Dany Heatley (34) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (37), Daniel Alfredsson (47)
4 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
03:02
NYI
PPG - Josh Bailey (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Blake Comeau (17), Frans Nielsen (22)
4 - 1 OTT
12:32
OTT
PPG - Nick Foligno (16) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (48), Brendan Bell (13)
5 - 1 OTT
13:26
NYI
Josh Bailey (5) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Okposo (16), Jeff Tambellini (7)
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
04:54
NYI
Mark Streit  Hi-sticking against  Jason Spezza
11:39
NYI
Frans Nielsen  Tripping against  Jarkko Ruutu
14:32
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Thomas Pock
2nd Period
10:09
OTT
Brian Lee  Interference against  Kyle Okposo
17:06
NYI
Joel Rechlicz  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Fisher
17:06
OTT
Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj) against  Joel Rechlicz
3rd Period
02:53
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Holding against  Richard Park
05:57
OTT
Brian Lee  Holding against  Jeff Tambellini
11:25
NYI
Joel Rechlicz  Roughing against  Chris Neil
19:39
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Kyle Okposo
goalie stats
Yann Danis
Yann Danis
9-12-2
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .808SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
15-4-3
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0