Eaton scores in OT in milestone game

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 04, 2012
Mark Eaton scored 2:35 into overtime in his 600th NHL game to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 win Friday night over the Ottawa Senators. Eaton took a pass from Milan Jurcina and put the puck into an open right side for his 24th NHL goal -- and his first since Nov. 28, 2009. Matt Martin scored the tying goal in the third and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for New York, which is on a 5-1-1 run. Zack Smith had scored a short-handed goal late in the second for Ottawa, which has lost five in a row, the last four in regulation. Ottawa's Craig Anderson stopped 30 shots in his 16th straight start. John Tavares, chosen the NHL's first star of the month on Wednesday, failed to record a point for the second time in four games following a 12-game points streak. The Islanders' first overall pick in the 2009 draft had nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 13 games in January. Smith scored with 12.6 seconds left in the second. The Ottawa center carried the puck out of his zone and raced down the ice before taking a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Nabokov got his glove on the shot but the puck carried on and flew behind him into the net. Martin tied it 5:27 into the third. P.A. Parenteau drew Senators defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Jared Cowen to the left side before feeding a pass to the right side of the slot, where Martin was left unguarded to fire a wrist shot past Anderson for his sixth goal. Parenteau also assisted on Eaton's goal to extend his career high to 36. He had 34 assists last season, and 33 in 2009-10. Jurcina went to the dressing room 8:16 into the third after he was attended to on the ice by a trainer. Jurcina, who landed on his backside following a hit by former teammate Zenon Konopka behind the New York net, quickly returned.
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