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03/19/2013 11:29 PM EDT
Senators score 4 in 3rd, rally past Islanders
OTTAWA 5, NY ISLANDERS 3

By ALLAN KREDA
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a
nickname, according to Senators goalie Ben Bishop, who watched
from the crease as the 38-year-old defenseman scored the winning
goal that beat the New York Islanders.



"We call him Benjamin Button," Bishop said, referring to the
2008 movie character who gets younger as he ages. "Sergei keeps
finding ways to help us win, that's for sure."



Gonchar's go-ahead goal with 1 minute left was part of a
four-goal, third-period outburst by the Senators, who rallied
from a two-goal deficit and earned a 5-3 victory over the
Islanders on Tuesday night.



The veteran defenseman, who will turn 39 next month, also had
two assists.



"I'm just glad we got the two points and kept pace in the
conference," Gonchar said.



Gonchar's second goal of the season came on a blast from the
point to make it 4-3, and Guillaume Latendresse added an
empty-net goal to seal the win. Jakob Silfverberg and Zack Smith
scored in a 68-second span early in the third period to tie the
game after the Islanders led 3-1.



Ottawa (16-8-6) has won three straight.



"We told ourselves after the second period that we weren't out
of it, that we needed a quick goal," said Bishop, who made 26
saves. "We got two quick ones, and then Sergei found a way to
score the big one. We have great leadership in this room and
he's a huge part of it."



New York's Josh Bailey had scored the go-ahead goal 14 seconds
into the second period, and Lubomir Visnovsky extended the
Islanders' lead to two goals..



It was the second straight game in which the Islanders
squandered a third-period lead. They led Florida 3-0 on Saturday
before the Panthers tied it. But Casey Cizikas scored the winner
for New York with seven minutes left.



"It's disturbing," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We put
ourselves in this situation."



Keith Aucoin appeared to give the Islanders a 4-3 lead at 7:22,
but the goal was disallowed because he kicked the puck past
Bishop.



Bishop also stopped Aucoin, who scored New York's first goal, on
a sharp-angle shot from the left corner late in the third.



Ottawa's Matt Kassian opened the scoring at 6:23 with his first
goal of the season and first with the Senators when he
redirected Gonchar's slap shot past Nabokov.



Aucoin tied it with a wrist shot past Bishop at 17:53 of the
first, netting his fifth of the season.



Bailey's third goal, on a backhand that skittered past Bishop,
put the Islanders up 2-1. It was the 50th career goal for
Bailey, a first-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2008.
Visnovsky put the Islanders ahead 3-1 with a power-play goal at
11:46 of the second.



The Islanders (13-13-3) began a four-game homestand after road
wins over Tampa Bay and Florida. New York is only 5-9-2 at home.
They are three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference.



It was the third and final regular season meeting between the
clubs. Ottawa won 3-1 at home on Feb. 19, and the Islanders
earned a 3-2 shootout win at home on March 3.



"We made some adjustments and got momentum on our side,"
Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "The character in our room was
evident in the third period. You have to play 60 minutes in this
league."



The Senators also lost defenseman Marc Methot to an apparent
right leg injury after a hard, clean check from the Islanders'
Brad Boyes in the second period.



The Islanders have been tied or ahead in the third period in 23
of 29 games this season and are 13-7-3 in those contests.



NOTES: Ottawa forward Milan Michalek had knee surgery and is out
indefinitely. The Senators were also without G Craig Anderson
(ankle), defensemen Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and Mike Lundin
(concussion), and forwards Jason Spezza (back) and Dave
Dziurzynski (concussion). The Islanders were missing Matt
Carkner (lower body) and forwards Michael Grabner (shoulder) and
David Ullstrom (groin). ... Daniel Alfredsson played his 1,160th
game for the Senators. He is the longest serving captain in the
NHL (appointed in October 1999). His assist on the goal by
Latendresse was the 1,100th point of his career.

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