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Meyer leads Islanders past Senators

Nov 30, 2008 - 3:34 AM
By Doug Mittler PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- A rare scoring outburst from defenseman Freddy Meyer helped the New York Islanders continue their unexpected string of success against the Ottawa Senators.

Meyer notched his first career two-goal game and had an assist as the Islanders skated to a 4-2 victory over the Senators on Saturday.

Andy Hilbert also tallied and Trent Hunter added an empty-netter with 61 seconds left in the third period for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game losing streak and vanquished the Senators for the third time this season.

"I know in the minors I had two hat tricks. It was one of those nights," Meyer said. "You need to have a team effort like that to beat a team like Ottawa."

Joey MacDonald stopped 19 shots for the Islanders, who had posted an 11-36-1 record with 11 ties against Ottawa before this season. New York swept a home-and-home series from the Senators earlier this month.

Dany Heatley and captain Daniel Alfredsson recorded a goal and an assist apiece as Ottawa's two-game winning streak came to an end.

"I think we showed all year that when we're not playing well, it's us that's the problem," Heatley said. "Tonight, we got outworked in our own end, and Alex (Auld) made some big saves to keep us in the game. We can't let a game like tonight affect us.''

Ottawa has lost six straight road games for the first time since losing eight in a row during the 1995-1996 season.

Meyer entered the season with just 11 goals in 175 games, but already has three this season. He converted a centering pass from Jon Sim with 35 seconds left in the second period to give New York a 2-1 lead.

"I don't think I'm going to change my game to being an offensive guy," Meyer said. "I like to contribute whenever I can. Tonight was one of those games where you took a few shots and they went in."

Meyer, who also had his first three-point game, gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead with a slap shot from inside the blue line 1:57 into the third.

"Their third goal was a huge goal for them," Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg said. "I don't think we played well."

The Senators cut the lead to 3-2 when Alfredsson scored off a behind-the-net pass from Heatley at 8:04.

The Islanders have blown five third-period leads this season - all in November - but MacDonald held on the rest of the way before Hunter scored his empty-netter.

"We've been through it before and we played a totally different game," MacDonald said. "Right after (the second Ottawa goal) we battled, everybody worked. The older guys beared down."

The Islanders were playing for the third time in four days, including a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday and a lopsided 7-2 defeat in Boston on Friday.

"You like to feel you have to win every game, but this lessens the bad feeling of losing to Pittsburgh and having one of our worst games of the year against Boston," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said.

Auld stopped 21 shots for Ottawa.

Heatley scored his team high 12th goal at 7:32 of the first to open the scoring, taking a pass from Jason Spezza and putting a wrist shot from the slot past MacDonald.

Spezza had hit the post with a shot in the first minute of the game. Mike Fisher also hit the post for the Senators, about a minute before Hilbert redirected a shot from Meyer out of midair past Auld at 12:41 to tie it at 1-1. The goal stood up after a replay review.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 0 1 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 12 (JASON SPEZZA, DANIEL ALFREDSSON) 7:32
    NYI - ANDY HILBERT 6 (FREDERICK MEYER IV, TRENT HUNTER)
    12:41
    2ND PRD: NYI - FREDERICK MEYER IV 2 (JON SIM, ANDY SUTTON) 19:25
    3RD PRD: NYI - FREDERICK MEY

    Nov 29 9:27 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    NY ISLANDERS 4
    3RD PRD: NYI - (EN) TRENT HUNTER 10 (ANDY SUTTON) 18:59

    Senators 2, Islanders 4  3rd - 1:01Nov 29 9:25 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - DANIEL ALFREDSSON 6 (DANY HEATLEY, FILIP KUBA) 8:04

    Senators 2, Islanders 3  3rd - 11:56Nov 29 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    NY ISLANDERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYI - FREDERICK MEYER IV 3 (ANDY HILBERT, CHRIS CAMPOLI) 1:57

    Senators 1, Islanders 3  3rd - 18:03Nov 29 8:59 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 0 1
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 12 (JASON SPEZZA, DANIEL ALFREDSSON) 7:32
    NYI - ANDY HILBERT 6 (FREDERICK MEYER IV, TRENT HUNTER)
    12:41
    2ND PRD: NYI - FREDERICK MEYER IV 2 (JON SIM, ANDY SUTTON) 19:25
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Nov 29 8:36 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - FREDERICK MEYER IV 2 (JON SIM, ANDY SUTTON) 19:25

    Senators 1, Islanders 2  2nd - 0:35Nov 29 8:35 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 1 1
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 12 (JASON SPEZZA, DANIEL ALFREDSSON) 7:32
    NYI - ANDY HILBERT 6 (FREDERICK MEYER IV, TRENT HUNTER)
    12:41
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 5

    Nov 29 7:43 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - ANDY HILBERT 6 (FREDERICK MEYER IV, TRENT HUNTER) 12:41

    Senators 1, Islanders 1  1st - 7:19Nov 29 7:29 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 12 (JASON SPEZZA, DANIEL ALFREDSSON) 7:32

    Senators 1, Islanders 0  1st - 12:28Nov 29 7:22 PM
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