Bailey has goal, assist again in Isles' 2-1 win
- Associated Press
- April 2, 2014 - 9:15 PM
OTTAWA, Ontario — Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for the second straight night, and the New York Islanders earned back-to-back victories with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
Bailey, playing in his 400th NHL game, scored a power-play goal in the first period, and assisted on Casey Cizikas' winning goal midway through the third. Bailey outwaited goalie Craig Anderson and slid the puck into the crease from behind the goal line to Cizikas.
Ryan Strome had two assists, and rookie Anders Nilsson followed up Evgeni Nabokov's home victory against Florida on Tuesday by making 35 saves. The Islanders have won three in a row and five of six.
Milan Michalek's power-play tally 6:41 into the third period was the lone goal for the Senators, who had won three straight. Michalek was at the side of the net when he jammed a loose puck past Nilsson with four players down in the crease.
Ottawa had earned at least one point in five straight games.
Bailey had the only goal through the first two periods, beating Anderson with a snap shot from the circle with 2:51 left in the first.
The Senators had killed 34 seconds of a 5-on-3 Islanders advantage but couldn't escape the back end of the two penalties.
It wasn't the only special-teams opportunity for New York, but Cal Clutterbuck failed to score on three short-handed scoring chances.
Clutterbuck was stopped by Anderson on a breakaway early in the first. Later in the period he slid the puck through the crease along the goal line while facing an open net.
Clutterbuck had another short-handed breakaway in the closing seconds of the game, but his shot sailed over the net.
NOTES: Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen and forwards Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza and Colin Greening all sat out because of injuries. ... Defensemen Radek Martinek, Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait, and forwards Kyle Okposo, Eric Boulton and Michael Grabner didn't play for the Islanders. ... The Islanders are 13-4-2 in their past 20 road games.
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