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OTTAWA -- The New York Islanders played the role of spoilers Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre.

A power play goal by center Casey Cizikas with 10:29 left in the third period proved to be the diffence as the Islanders handed Ottawa a 2-1 defeat, further damaging what slim hopes the Senators had left of making the playoffs.

Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson turned in a stellar performance, making 35 saves. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots.

Islanders center Josh Bailey also scored, while winger Milan Michalek replied for the Senators.

While the Islanders are far removed from the playoff race, the Senators are pretty much in the same boat. The loss left them five back of the last wildcard spot with just six games remaining

The Senators finally got to Nilsson on a third period power play, when Michalek stepped up to a goal mouth scramble and located the puck, then tucked it in the corner at the 6:41 mark.

But a penalty to Senators defenseman Eric Gryba shortly afterwards put them in a hole again. Cizikas scored his sixth of the season when he converted off a scramble in front at 9:31.

Ottawa outshot the Islanders 7-6 in an uneventful, scoreless second period.

The Islanders took advantage of back-to-back Ottawa power plays in the first period to open the scoring.

New York set up in the offensive zone with Senators winger Mark Stone and center Zack Smith in the box, having lots of room with a two-man advantage. Shortly after Stone finished serving his penalty, Islanders center Ryan Strome made a short pass to Bailey, who one-timed a shot over Anderson's glove hand.

NOTES: Islanders C Josh Bailey celebrated the 400th game of his career with his 65th NHL goal in the first period. ... Senators C Jason Spezza took part in the morning skate and said he felt "pretty good." He added that a decision on his participation in the game would be made after warm-ups. About 10 minutes later, coach Paul MacLean said Spezza's "lower-body" injury had tightened up and he would not be available. ... Like Spezza, Senators D Jared Cowen missed his second game in a row with a lower-body injury. ... Islanders D Matt Carker was relishing the chance to put a major dent in the playoff chances of the Senators, his former team. "We're trying to work our best just to be the spoilers," said Carkner, who calls Ottawa his hometown. "We're just trying to have fun and play the right way right now." After spending six years in the organization, Carkner wanted to re-sign in Ottawa, but the Senators did not offer him a deal that he found acceptable. "We left on good terms. We both knew what we were trying to do, and that's the way it went." ... Clearly unhappy with his power play, Senators coach Paul MacLean had his third line of C Zack Smith, RW Chris Neil and LW Mike Hoffman start the third period with Ottawa owning a man-advantage.
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