Dunham allowed all five goals in his first start since Feb. 1 as
Islanders top goalie Rick DiPietro sat out because of a stiff neck
and overall soreness, ending his career-high streak of 18 straight
"[DiPietro is] a big part of their team," Neil said. "We
stressed that in meetings before the game. We wanted to get pucks
at the net, you know, Dunham hasn't played that much, and I think
we did a good job of that."
Ray Emery, who lost his shutout bid with 5:03 remaining, made 28
saves. The Senators won their second straight to move into fourth
place in the Eastern Conference with 89 points, one ahead of
Chris Kelly and Joe Corvo scored in the second to put Ottawa up
2-0. Neil scored his 11th goal 2 minutes into the third for his
100th career point, and McAmmond made it 4-0 with his 11th just 24
Spezza scored his 29th at 3:16 to chase Dunham, who stopped 23
"My job is to find the way to stop pucks," Dunham said. "I
felt good the first two periods and then just fell apart there for
the first three minutes. The puck all of a sudden just found its
way into the net quickly and it got out of hand."
The three-goal outburst beat the previous Senators record for
the fastest three goals of 1:20, set by Shawn McEachern, Andreas
Dackell and Jason York in a 7-1 win over Atlanta on March 21, 2000.
"To be part of that is great," Neil said. "We wanted to come
out and play a solid game and for the most part, everyone stepped
up and did their jobs."
Dunham has played in only six games since Dec. 15, including
Tuesday when he allowed five goals on 32 shots in a loss to
Montreal after replacing DiPietro, who was injured in a mid-ice
collision with Canadiens forward Steve Begin.
"That's part of the job as a backup, to go in stretches where
you don't play," Dunham said.
New York's Miroslav Satan scored on a 5-on-3 at 14:47 of the
third and assisted on Drew Fata's goal with 4.2 seconds remaining.
The Islanders, who have lost four of five (1-3-1), are tied with
Carolina for seventh place in the East with 78 points, one ahead of
ninth-place Toronto and two up on the New York Rangers and
Wade Dubielewicz, recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on
Wednesday, replaced Dunham and stopped the eight shots he faced in
his season debut.
"We just didn't want it to get out of hand," Nolan said of his
decision to pull Dunham. "We need him right now so he's going to
be ready next game."
Kelly scored his 14th goal 1:59 into the second and Corvo made
it a two-goal lead at 5:53 when his shot went in off the skate of
New York defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron.
DiPietro, who didn't skate with the Islanders on Thursday
morning, is day to day. He was struck on the head by Begin's leg
after he chased down a loose puck at the Islanders blue line to
prevent a breakaway.
The first goalie ever chosen No. 1 in the NHL draft, DiPietro
has hit the 30-win mark for the second straight season with a 2.59
goals-against average after signing a landmark, 15-year contract
with the Islanders in September.
"Mike Dunham is a great goaltender," Islanders forward Jason
Blake said. "It doesn't matter who's in net -- Mike, Ricky or
Martin Brodeur. If you hang him out to dry, there's not much he can
do back there. It wasn't his fault."
Dubielewicz had been recalled twice previously this season.
He dressed for three games without making an appearance. ... The
sellout crowd of 19,989 booed when an apparent sixth Senators goal
was waved off because of a tripping penalty against Neil 12:49 into
the third. A promotion awards a free slice of pizza to fans if
Ottawa scores at least six goals and wins.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Greg Kimmerly Linesmen: Derek Amell, Steve Barton
Attendance: 19,989 (108.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Chris Kelly (14)
Assist: Antoine Vermette
Joe Corvo (7)
Assists: Mike Comrie, Dean McAmmond
Chris Neil (11)
Assists: Antoine Vermette, Tom Preissing
Dean McAmmond (11)
Assists: Mike Comrie, Joe Corvo
Jason Spezza (29)
Assists: Dany Heatley, Patrick Eaves
Miroslav Satan (24)
(Power Play) Assists: Alexei Yashin, Tom Poti
Goal scored by Drew Fata assisted by Miroslav Satan