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Senators 4, Islanders 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:37 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Islanders 1
New York Islanders 1, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA — Jason Spezza is getting into game shape and regaining his scoring touch.

Spezza had a goal and three assists and the Ottawa Senators beat the Islanders 4-1 Thursday night and handed New York its sixth straight loss.

Spezza, held without a point in his first two games back from a groin injury, set up goals by defencemen Sergei Gonchar and David Hale before scoring his second of the season to put Ottawa up by three 6:17 into the second.

He got his third assist when Chris Kelly scored into an empty net with 12.5 seconds remaining. Peter Regin had two assists.

"It's nice to get on the board a little bit and tonight's the first night I felt really good skating-wise," Spezza said. "Usually when I skate well, it's the strength of my game, so I felt good tonight."

Brian Elliott made 28 saves in his ninth straight start for the Senators, who have won five of seven since getting off to a 1-4-1 start.

Matt Moulson spoiled Elliott's shutout bid with a power-play goal 3:40 into the third. Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots for New York, which has been outscored 20-5 in its last four games.

The six-game skid is the Islanders' longest losing streak since they dropped seven in a row from Jan. 23-Feb. 6.

Elliott stopped New York's Blake Comeau and Frans Nielsen on successive shorthanded opportunities after Matt Martin was given a boarding penalty for his hit on Spezza at 12:03 of the third.

"Saving those ones obviously definitely helps out," Elliott said.

Martin, who also got a roughing minor along with Ottawa's Chris Campoli, fought Ottawa's Zack Smith when the puck was dropped following Kelly's late goal.

Smith was given a boarding major 3:09 in for his hit from behind which sent Trevor Gillies flying headfirst into the boards.

The Islanders got three shots on goal on the ensuing power play, though the Senators struck first on the scoresheet.

Gonchar scored his second goal of the season 12:20 into the first. Hale made it a 2-0 lead 3:47 into the second with his first goal since Feb. 21, 2009.

The veteran defenceman took Spezza's pass and put a shot past Roloson for his first goal in 54 games.

"It was nice to contribute in a different way and it felt good," Hale said.

Regin, who helped set up Gonchar's goal, got his second assist of the game 2:30 later when Spezza snapped a shot past Roloson to make it 3-0.

NOTES: Hale has four goals and 21 assists in 309 games with New Jersey, Calgary, Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Ottawa ... The Senators are in Montreal on Saturday night to face the Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
12:20
OTT
Sergei Gonchar (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (5), Peter Regin (4)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
03:47
OTT
David Hale (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (6)
2 - 0 OTT
06:17
OTT
Jason Spezza (2) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (3), Peter Regin (5)
3 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
03:40
NYI
PPG - Matt Moulson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: John Tavares (3), Frans Nielsen (6)
3 - 1 OTT
19:47
OTT
EN - Chris Kelly (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (7)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:09
OTT
Zack Smith  Boarding (maj) against  Trevor Gillies
2nd Period
16:20
NYI
Doug Weight  Interference against  Jarkko Ruutu
3rd Period
03:26
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  Mark Eaton
12:03
OTT
Chris Campoli  Roughing against  Matt Martin
12:03
NYI
Matt Martin  Roughing against  Chris Campoli
12:03
NYI
Matt Martin  Boarding against  Jason Spezza
19:50
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
19:50
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
2-4-0
SA: 26TOI: 59:08
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .966SH: 2 - 2