Comrie rules on Island

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mike Comrie may have finally found a home with the Senators.

After bouncing from line to line as Senators coach Bryan Murray searched for the right combinations, Comrie came up big with a two-goal performance in the club's 5-2 victory over the Islanders last night.

Settling in on the right side of Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer with the playoffs just around the corner, the trio has piled up 13 points in two games after they combined for five in the club's eighth straight victory over the Isles, completing a season sweep.

"It sure fits right now," Murray said of the line. "The way that line has played in the few games and (Comrie) is certainly a finisher when given the opportunity. He's playing with confidence and that wasn't the case earlier."

HEATLEY SCORES 48TH

Defenceman Christoph Schubert also had a two-point night, as did Fisher. Dean McAmmond chipped in with his 14th goal of the season and Dany Heatley, into an empty net, added his 48th to back Martin Gerber's solid performance in net as the Senators continued their hunt for home ice in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

In fourth spot with 102 points, Ottawa is a point up on Pittsburgh -- 5-4 OT losers to the Leafs last night -- and two ahead of the New Jersey as the Penguins and Devils continue to flip-flop top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Comrie's second of the game turned out to be the winner as he picked up a rebound off the boards and deposited it into an open net 47 seconds into the third. That was enough to stick a knife in the Isles.

If it weren't for rookie goalie Wade Dubielewicz, 28, who making his first NHL start, the Isles would have been blown out early.

Starting in place of the injured Rick DiPietro (post-concussion) and the struggling Mike Dunham (1-9-1 since Nov. 15), the 5-foot-10 Dubielewicz stood tall, turning aside 42-of-46 Ottawa shots.

A nifty move by Comrie on newly signed defenceman Deron Quint gave the Senators a 2-1 lead at 11:39 of the second. Making a highlight-reel play, Comrie pushed the puck past Quint, went around him and then picked it up to beat Dubielewicz five-hole.

"If you try it enough, it eventually works," Comrie said of his fancy goal. "They only show the ones that work."

Gerber, making what could be his last start in the net this season, couldn't do anything to stop a chip of a puck on a rebound to Viktor Kozlov, who simply had to deposit the puck into an open net at 11:11 to briefly tie it 1-1. Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored at 13:58 of the third for the Isles.

The Senators were without defenceman Anton Volchenkov, who was a late scratch with a head cold. That meant winger Brian McGrattan, a healthy scratch for 16 straight games, dressed for the first time since Feb. 24 while Schubert dropped back to the blue line.

There was concern captain Daniel Alfredsson might be not be in the lineup because of a sore hip flexor, but he informed Murray at 5 p.m. he could play.


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