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Corvo, Emery lead Senators past Islanders

Mar 16, 2007 - 4:32 AM
OTTAWA (Ticker) -- With a chance to improve their playoff positioning, the Ottawa Senators leaned on defenseman Joe Corvo and goaltender Ray Emery.

Corvo had a goal and an assist and Emery stopped 28 shots as the Senators posted a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Jason Spezza each had goals and Dean McAmmond also tallied and set up a score for Ottawa (41-23-7), which moved one point ahead of idle Pittsburgh (39-21-10) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

"It's nice to have all these guys get some confidence scoring," Spezza said. "Going into the playoffs you want everyone feeling pretty good about their game."

The Islanders (34-26-10) remain in a tie for seventh place with the Carolina Hurricanes (35-29-8), who lost to the New Jersey Devils, 3-2.

After Kelly scored at the 1:59 mark of the second period for a 1-0 lead, Corvo doubled the advantage when he received a pass from Mike Comrie, wound up and ripped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past goaltender Mike Dunham with 14:07 left in the session.

"It felt good," Corvo said. "Everything was just falling into place out there. If I could get into the majority of the games like that, there would be no problems."

Neil, McAmmond and Spezza all scored in a span of 1 minute 16 seconds at the start of the final period to give the Senators a commanding 5-0 lead.

"I think in previous games we kinda sat back and tried to protect the lead," Kelly said. "Tonight we decided to go right at them and stick to our game and not get away from it too much."

Emery was strong all night, knocking away eight shots in each of the first and second periods before being scored upon twice in the last five minutes of the contest.

"Well, I never really like to get scored on," Emery said. "I'm glad we won but as a goalie you never want to get scored on."

Emery improved to 4-0-0 lifetime vs. the Islanders.

Miroslav Satan had a goal and an assist and defenseman Drew Fata scored his first career goal for New York, which has won only three games in its last 25 trips to Ottawa.

"We've got to bond together on the road and find a way through this together," Islanders left wing Ryan Smyth said. "We're going down to Florida and it's crucial that we find a way to play better quick because we need all the points we can get."

Dunham allowed five of 28 shots to get by him before he was removed after Ottawa's fifth tally. Third-string netminder Wade Dubielewicz made eight saves for the Islanders, who have lost seven straight to the Senators.

"Mike Dunham is a great goaltender," Islanders left wing Jason Blake said. "It doesn't matter who's in net - Rick (DiPietro), Mike, (New Jersey Devils All-Star) Martin Brodeur - if you leave them hanging out to dry and don't give them any help back there, there's not much you can do. It's not his fault, and I feel bad for him."

Starting goaltender DiPietro traveled with the team but did not suit up, still feeling the effects of a stiff neck when he collided with Montreal's Steve Begin on Tuesday.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 2 2
    OTTAWA 0 2 3 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: OTT - CHRIS KELLY 14 (ANTOINE VERMETTE) 1:59
    OTT - JOE CORVO 7 (MIKE COMRIE, DEAN MCAMMOND) 5:53
    3RD PRD: OTT - CHRIS NEIL 11 (ANTOINE VERMETTE, TOM PREISSING) 2:00
    OTT - DEAN MCAMMOND 11 (MIKE COMRIE, J

    Mar 15 10:00 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    OTTAWA 5
    3RD PRD: NYI - DREW FATA 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN) 19:55

    Mar 15 9:59 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    OTTAWA 5
    3RD PRD: NYI - DREW FATA 1 (MIROSLAV SATAN) 19:55

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 9:59 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    OTTAWA 5
    3RD PRD: NYI - (PP) MIROSLAV SATAN 24 (ALEXEI YASHIN, TOM POTI) 14:47

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 9:49 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    OTTAWA 5
    3RD PRD: OTT - JASON SPEZZA 29 (DANY HEATLEY, PATRICK EAVES) 3:16

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 9:27 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    OTTAWA 4
    3RD PRD: OTT - DEAN MCAMMOND 11 (MIKE COMRIE, JOE CORVO) 2:24

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 9:27 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    OTTAWA 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - CHRIS NEIL 11 (ANTOINE VERMETTE, TOM PREISSING) 2:00

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 9:26 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0
    OTTAWA 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: OTT - CHRIS KELLY 14 (ANTOINE VERMETTE) 1:59
    OTT - JOE CORVO 7 (MIKE COMRIE, DEAN MCAMMOND) 5:53
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 8 8 16
    OTT

    Mar 15 9:04 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    OTTAWA 2
    2ND PRD: OTT - JOE CORVO 7 (MIKE COMRIE, DEAN MCAMMOND) 5:53

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 8:41 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    OTTAWA 1
    2ND PRD: OTT - CHRIS KELLY 14 (ANTOINE VERMETTE) 1:59

    Islanders vs. SenatorsMar 15 8:35 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    OTTAWA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 8 8
    OTT 10 10
    GOALIES: NYI - MIKE DUNHAM
    OTT - RAY EMERY

    Mar 15 8:14 PM