Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
That includes Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Center in suburban Ottawa. All three goals in the contest came on the man advantage, with the Isles converting on two of their four power play chances. The Isles penalty kill also came up big Wednesday night going four for five.
“It’s always nice. We changed it up a little bit,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “We went into a spread and [Josh Bailey] Had the first one. Obviously the second one same thing, you know getting pucks to the net. I’m pretty happy with the way we’re moving the puck. There’s still opportunities to shoot a little more and we gotta be a little more conscious of that.”
The Islanders first goal of the game came late in the opening period. With the Isles on the man advantage, Ryan Strome fed Josh Bailey near the hashmarks and put the visitors up 1-0 at 17:09.
The score would remain that way until 6:41 of the third period. The Senators found themselves on the man advantage after Johan Sundstrom was sent off for tripping. After a scramble in front of the Milan Michalek put the lose puck past Islander starter Anders Nilsson to tie the game at one. However the Islanders would answer right back moments later.
Once again the Islanders power play unit came through with an unlikely member playing hero.
Casey Cizikas snuck the puck by Craig Anderson to put the Isles back in front, 2-1. The goal was the first for Cizikas in the last 34 games. The previous goal was recorded back on January 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
New York held off the Senators the rest of the way, with Nilsson making 35 saves in the Islander win.
The victory continues a stretch that has seen the Islanders put up strong showings against teams trying to make the postseason.
“It shows that there’s no quit in here,” Bailey said after the win. “I think it’s frustrating when you look at the standings, but I think we still have a job to do. Obviously we wish we were in a different position than we’re in right now, but that’s the way it is and everyone has been working hard… I think it’s showed for us by getting a few wins.”
The Islanders return to Long Island on Saturday to take on the Washington Capitals.