Originally created 01/18/00

Power play goals lift Ottawa



UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Marian Hossa scored with 1:03 left in overtime to complete a stunning comeback Monday and give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over New York, extending their unbeaten streak over the Islanders to 16 games.

Trailing 3-1 with only 7:25 remaining, the Senators, already on a power play, drew a generous roughing call against New York's Eric Cairns.

Upset with the call, Cairns smashed his stick against the boards and then threw it away, drawing another two minutes.

Shawn McEachern and Jason York took advantage by scoring two minutes apart to tie the game.

Hossa, standing at the side of the net, received a pass from Igor Kravchuk in overtime and easily tapped it in to give Ottawa its 12th win in its last 16 games against the Islanders.

Ron Tugnutt, who made 23 saves, stopped Dave Scatchard's overtime breakaway with 2:30 left to keep the Senators in the game.

New York, which lost in overtime for the first time this season, has not beaten Ottawa since Jan. 6, 1996. The Senators are 5-1-1 in their last seven road games.

Cairns created the situation that led to the Islanders' ninth loss in 11 games.

After Mathieu Biron's penalty was killed off, McEachern, who had a seven-game point streak snapped Sunday in a 2-1 loss at Washington, tipped in Kravchuk's shot for his 18th goal with 6:54 left.

Ottawa tied two minutes later, just as the penalty was expiring, on York's third goal. The Islanders have allowed at least one power-play goal in nine of 10 games.

Brad Isbister gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead on the power play just 17 seconds into the middle period. New York, which got a power-play goal for the first time in nine games, had failed in 29 straight man-advantage situations dating to Dec. 30. The Islanders have a league-worst 17 power-play goals.

Josh Green made it 3-1 with 12:57 left in the third with his fourth goal.

Kevin Weekes, who also had an assist on the Islanders' first goal, made 41 saves but it wasn't enough.

Vaclav Prospal gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 16:49 of the first period with his 11th goal. Tim Connolly tied it just 41 seconds later when he converted a 2-on-1 with Mariusz Czerkawski that was started by Weekes.

Islanders forward Gino Odjick returned after an eight-game suspension for sucker-punching Pittsburgh's Darius Kasparaitis on Dec. 30.