Josh Bailey recorded a goal and an assist for the second straight
game, opening the scoring with a quick shot from the slot shortly
after a two-man advantage expired late in the first period before
setting up Cizikas' tally 9:31 into the third. Rookie Ryan Strome
added two assists and Anders Nilsson made 35 saves as New York
improved to 5-0-1 in its last six contests.
Milan Michalek scored his fourth goal in four games for the
Senators, who saw their five-game point streak (4-0-1) come to an
end. Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots as Ottawa remained five points
behind Columbus for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern
Conference with six games remaining.
Nilsson turned aside 13 shots in the first period, allowing New York
to gain the advantage when Ottawa ran into penalty trouble. Mark
Stone was called for hooking at 14:55 and Zack Smith joined him in
the penalty box with a high-sticking minor 1:26 later, setting up
Michalek spoiled Nilsson’s shutout bid by banging home a loose puck
on the doorstep during a scramble on the power play 6:41 into the
third period. New York regained the lead 2:50 later as Bailey drove
to the net and sent the puck into the crease for Cizikas, who tapped
it past Anderson for his sixth tally.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Ottawa has allowed 60 goals while short-handed, tying
it with Florida for the most power-play tallies surrendered. …
Bailey has collected five points (two goals, three assists) in his
last three games while Strome has notched six (one goal, five
assists) in his last five contests. … Senators captain Jason Spezza
missed his second straight game due to a lower-body injury despite
participating in practice earlier in the day.
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