Senators 5, Islanders 3

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 19, 2013
Sergei Gonchar scored with 1 minute left for the Ottawa Senators, who netted four goals in the third period and rallied to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday night. Gonchar's second goal of the season came on a blast from the point to make it 4-3, and Guillaume Latendresse added an empty-net goal to seal the win. Jakob Silfverberg and Zack Smith scored in a 68-second span early in the third period to tie the game after the Islanders led 3-1. Ottawa has won three straight. New York's Josh Bailey had scored the go-ahead goal 14 seconds into the second period, and Lubomir Visnovsky extended the Islanders' lead to two goals. Keith Aucoin appeared to give the Islanders a 4-3 lead at 7:22, but the goal was disallowed because he kicked the puck past goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop also stopped Aucoin, who scored New York's first goal, on a sharp-angle shot from the left corner late in the third. It was the second straight game in which the Islanders squandered a third-period lead. They led Florida 3-0 on Saturday before the Panthers tied it. But Casey Cizikas scored the winner for New York with seven minutes left. Ottawa's Matt Kassian opened the scoring at 6:23 with his first goal of the season and first with the Senators when he redirected Gonchar's slap shot past Nabokov. Aucoin tied it with a wrist shot past Bishop at 17:53 of the first, netting his fifth goal of the season. Bailey's third goal, on a backhand that skittered past Bishop, put the Islanders up 2-1. It was the 50th career goal for Bailey, a first-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2008. Visnovsky put the Islanders ahead 3-1 with a power-play goal at 11:46 of the second. The Islanders began a four-game homestand after road wins over Tampa Bay and Florida. New York is only 5-9-2 at home. It was the third and final regular season meeting between the clubs. Ottawa won 3-1 at home on Feb. 19, and the Islanders earned a 3-2 shootout win at home on March 3. The Islanders have been tied or ahead in the third period in 23 of 29 games this season and are 13-7-3 in those contests. NOTES: Ottawa forward Milan Michalek had knee surgery and is out indefinitely. The Senators were also without G Craig Anderson (ankle), defensemen Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and Mike Lundin (concussion), and forwards Jason Spezza (back) and Dave Dziurzynski (concussion). The Islanders were missing Matt Carkner (lower body) and forwards Michael Grabner (shoulder) and David Ullstrom (groin). ... Daniel Alfredsson played his 1,160th game for the Senators. He is the longest serving captain in the NHL (appointed in October 1999) and is the only player to record 1,000 points with the franchise.
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