Walking down the Isles

Senators defenceman Joe Corvo (left) celebrates his goal with Mike Comrie during second period...

Senators defenceman Joe Corvo (left) celebrates his goal with Mike Comrie during second period action against the Islanders on Thursday in Ottawa. (Sun Media/Tony Caldwell)

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

The Senators made scoring look easier last night than spelling D-U-B-I-E-L-E-W-I-C-Z.

The Senators scored three goals in a 76-second span to start the third period last night on their way to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place.

The win allowed the Senators to retake fourth place in the Eastern Conference from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold a game in hand, with 89 points to 88.

With starting Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro suffering from "general body soreness," after taking a knee in the head Tuesday night in Montreal, veteran Mike Dunham got the start, his first since Feb. 1.

Goals by Chris Neil, Dean McAmmond and Jason Spezza to start the third chased Dunham from the net.

Enter Wade Dubielewicz.

It might have taken longer to write his name than it took for the Senators to score those goals.

In what was a remarkably tame game from the Islanders, who are fighting for a playoff spot, Neil was allowed to whip down the right side around Randy Robitaille, circle the net and tuck the puck past Dunham to make it 3-0 two minutes into the third. Just 24 seconds later, McAmmond got a lucky bounce to tap one in by the crease and at 3:16 of the period, Spezza scored his 29th.

The Senators had led 2-0 on second-period goals by Chris Kelly and Joe Corvo.

"I liked the game," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I thought we played fairly well early, maybe we didn't shoot enough ... but then we rallied so quickly in the third, it was a matter of playing the game out at that point."

Spezza's goal and Heatley's assist allowed them to extend their scoring streaks to 15 and 16 games, respectively. The Senators ran their all-time record in Ottawa against the Isles to 17-5-5-0.

The Islanders spoiled Ray Emery's shutout bid with a 5-on-3 power-play goal.

Drew Fata made it 5-2 with just 4.2 seconds left in the third.

The game was lacking pretty much any kind of spark in front of 19,989 fans and through the scoreless first period, the only thing they got fired up about was booing former Senator Alexei Yashin.

The Senators will host the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night.

Scoring against them will not be easier than spelling B-I-R-O-N.


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