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Rapid Recap: Islanders Stave Off Senators for 2nd Straight Win, 4-2

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The New York Islanders won their second straight game as they defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Monday night. The Islanders have now won nine of their last 11 games and are 11-6-0.

They are now 6-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and 7-0-0 when leading after two periods.

LINES:

Zach Parise-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Ross Johnston-JG Pageau-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Sorokin

SCORING

Oliver Wahlstrom gave the New York Islanders a 1-0 lead at 11:53 of the first period as he finished off a strong pass from Anders Lee for his first power-play goal of the season. Lee and Mat Barzal were credited with the assists on Wahlstrom’s fifth of the season.

Drake Batherson tied the contest at one at 8:48 of the second period while the Ottawa Senators were on a five-on-three power play after a Scott Mayfield double-minor after Ross Johnston took a penalty. Tim Stützle and Claude Giroux were credited with the assists on Batherson’s fifth of the season.

Noah Dobson gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead with 13:15 to go in the second as his wrist shot beat a screened Cam Talbot. Noah Dobson’s fifth goal of the season was unassisted.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on the power play to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead with 8:21 to play in the third as he buried a loose puck for his second of the season. Dobson and Barzal were credited with the assists.

Claude Giroux scored his eighth of the season to make it a 3-2 game with 6:52 to play in the third. Brady Tkachuk found him creeping into the low slot after Anthony Beauvillier lost his man. Tkachuk and Stützle were credited with the assists.

Brock Nelson scored his ninth of the season on the empty net to give the Islanders a 4-2 lead with 1:10 to play in the third. Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck with the assists.

Wahlstrom Snaps Goalless Streak

With Josh Bailey a healthy scratch, Wahlstrom was given the chance on the New York Islanders’ second power-play unit, and he made that chance count as he snapped his eight-game goalless streak with a strong wrist shot that beat Ottawa Senators netminder Cam Talbot.

On Sunday, Oliver Wahlstrom told NYI Hockey Now: “For me, if I play the right way, it takes one shot…My mindset is one shot, and it’s always been like that since I was little.”

Wahlstrom now has five goals and four assists in 16 games this season.

Mat Barzal Continues Racking Up Assists

Although the goals have not come for New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal, the assists surely have. He entered the contest against the Ottawa Senators with 16 assists in 16 games.

He continued his assist success against the Ottawa Senators as he notched his 17th and 18th assist with the secondary helper on Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s power-play goals.

Out of his 18 assists, eight have come on the power play.

Mat Barzal becomes the second player in New York Islanders history to have at least 17 assists in first 17 games. Pierre Turgeon did it in 1992-93.

Discipline a Major Issue Despite Win

Despite the win, the New York Islanders found themselves in the penalty box more often than they would like.

For the first time this season, the Islanders took six penalties. Fortunately for the Islanders, the penalty kill killed off five of the six.

They failed to kill off what was a 5-on-3 power play for the Ottawa Senators as Ross Johnston took an undisciplined penalty followed by a Scott Mayfield double-minor high-sticking penalty.

The Islanders allowed 11 total shots on the six chances.

Josh Bailey a Healthy Scratch For Second Time

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey did not play against the Ottawa Senators. Prior to the game, New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said that everyone was available, which means Bailey was a healthy scratch for the second time this season.

He was a healthy scratch against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 22.

Up Next: The New York Islanders face the Nashville Puck drop is slated for 5:30 PM ET.

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