Josh Bailey stars as Islanders down Senators

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist in his 400th NHL game while Anders Nilsson made 34 saves as the New York Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators Wednesday at Canadian Tire Centre.

Bailey, who scored his eighth goal of the season at 17:09 of the first period, helped New York restore its one-goal lead with an assist on Casey Cizikas’ sixth goal at 9:31 of the third as the Islanders improved to 31-35-10.

The Islanders, who extended their winning streak to three, have 11 of a possible 12 points during a 5-0-1 run that includes a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers Tuesday.

Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak end. Ottawa was on a 4-0-1 run that revived its Stanley Cup Playoff hopes.

The Senators have 78 points, five out of a playoff spot with six games remaining. They host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday to close a five-game homestand.

After Bailey broke the ice, Milan Michalek scored his fourth goal in four games to draw Ottawa even at 1-1 on a power play at 6:41 of the third period.

Michalek found a loose puck during a goalmouth scramble and shot into the right side of the net to spoil Nilsson’s bid for his first shutout in more than two years.

Cizikas restored the Islanders’ lead when he drove the net to put home Bailey’s pass into the crease from behind the goal line.

Ottawa played without captain Jason Spezza, defenseman Jared Cowen and left wing Colin Greening, who are each sidelined because of a lower-body injury.

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