Ottawa 5, New York Islanders 1

Missing two big pieces out of their lineup (Spezza and Alfredsson), the Sens dominated a disinterested Islanders team, cruising to an easy win that guarantees them a playoff berth.  Anderson was tested infrequently, the game being dominated by Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
I missed the first chunk of the first period, but tuned in just in time for Tavares to bounce the puck in off Streit‘s skate.  Karlsson creates a good chance, but O’Brien can’t bang in his rebound.  Turris tied the game on a great individual effort.  Ottawa carried the play throughout the period.
Second Period
The Sens got an early powerplay, but Karlsson gave up a breakaway to Grabner that Anderson stopped.  Ottawa scored subsequently with a great play finished off by GoncharMichalek expands the lead when he steals the puck and slides the puck under Montoya.  As the period continued at a laconic pace, the Sens added to their lead when Foligno banged in Winchester‘s rebound.
Third Period
Ottawa continued to dominate in the lifeless game.  Turris added to the lead on the powerplay picking up Foligno‘s rebound. Streit hit the post as the Sens went to sleep towards the end of the period.

A look at the goals:
1. NYI, Streit
Tavares bounces the puck in off Streit’s skate
2. Turris (Gonchar, Michalek)
Michalek knocks the puck loose from a scrum behind the net, Gonchar finds Turris, and he picks up his own blocked shot to score
3. Gonchar (Michalek, Turris) (pp)
Great pass by Michalek to Gonchar who one-times it in
4. Michalek (Turris, Butler)
Steals the puck from Reasoner and then slides it underneath Montoya and off Reasoner’s skate and in
5. Foligno (Winchester, Greening)
Winchester slides the puck under Montoya and Foligno bangs it in
6. Turris (Foligno, Karlsson) (pp)
Foligno drives the net and Turris bangs in the rebound

Top-performers:
Kyle Turris – a dominating performance
Milan Michalek – see above
Erik Condra – still snake-bitten when it comes to scoring, but was excellent defensively

Players Who Struggled:
Matt Gilroy – continues to play his way off the roster

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