After the Islanders had a disappointing loss in Philadelphia, the Islanders were back in action on home ice to take on the Ottawa Senators. In the first period, the Islanders went to two early power plays but were unsuccessful.
Then it was Ottawa's turn to go on the power play and they too were unsuccessful. Neither team would find the back of the net in the first period.
In the second, both teams really struggled. Through two periods of play the Islanders had 13 giveaways and Ottawa had 15. Casey Cizikas went to the box, again, something that is happening entirely too often nowadays.
If you thought the first was slow, I can't imagine what your thoughts were on the second period. Semyon Varlamov and Anton Forsberg kept the shutout going through two periods of play.
At around the nine minute mark of the third period, we saw the best scoring chance of the night. Mat Barzal went in on a breakaway and Forsberg barely got a glove on it to keep it out of the back of the net.
Finally right after that sequence, the Islanders got on the board. The Isles had some sustained pressure and Anders Lee found Brock Nelson and the rebound popped out to Scott Mayfield for the goal.
The Islanders weren't done. Anders Lee, who remains red hot, found the back of the net. to make it a 2-0 game.
He now has 10 goals in the Islanders last nine games and is on 24 goals on the season. The Sens pulled the goalie, and recently extended Zach Parise scored an empty net goal to put this one on ice.
The Islanders score three goals in the period to get back in the win column. In net, Semyon Varlamov wasn't tested often but he recorded his first shutout of the season with 24 saves.
It wasn't a pretty 60 minutes but the final 10 minutes tonight was enough. They will play the Red Wings at home on Thursday.