Ottawa became the first team to clinch a playoff berth with last Saturday’s 5-1 win over Pittsburgh and the Senators are three points in front of the Dallas Stars in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason.
The Senators have won their last five games, tying a season high. Ottawa, which also won five straight from January 9-18, posted a 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Thursday. Defenseman Wade Redden,a former draft pick of the Islanders, netted the game-winner 94 seconds into overtime.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson also tallied and Marian Hossa netted his 40th. Hossa became the second Senator to reach 40 goals, joining current Islander Alexei Yashin, who had 40 in the 2000-01 season and 44 in 1998-99.
Ottawa is 2-0-1 vs. New York this season and 9-0-1 against the Islanders since a 2-1 loss here on April 6, 2000. Prior to that loss, the Senators were unbeaten in 17 meetings (12-0-5) against the Islanders.
New York is three points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Islanders have two games in hand on the Canadiens, who host Tampa Bay on Saturday.
The Islanders ended a five-game winless skid (0-4-1) by scoring five unanswered goals in Thursday’s 5-2 win at Edmonton.
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