Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sens’ hopes dimmed

OTTAWA—There has been very little room for error for the Ottawa Senators over the past couple of weeks.
Now there is none.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist as the N.Y. Islanders earned a 2-1 win over Ottawa last night—leaving the Senators five points out of a playoff spot with just five games to play and four teams ahead of them.
“We knew they were a desperate team and we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Bailey noted.
“They came at us pretty hard.”
Bailey scored a power-play goal in the first period, then assisted on the winning goal from Casey Cizikas midway through the third.
The win was the third-straight and fifth in six games for the Islanders (31-35-10), who were helped by a 35-save performance from rookie Anders Nilsson.
Milan Michalek scored the lone goal for the Senators (32-30-14).
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Senators. They also had recorded points in five-straight games going into last night.
“We didn’t score goals and you’re not going to win hockey games when you don’t score goals,” said Senators’ defenceman Marc Methot.
“It’s deflating, for sure.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Detroit beat Boston 3-2, Anaheim edged Edmonton 3-2, and L.A. blanked Phoenix 4-0.

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