Isles be darned

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Not even a visit with their personal free spot on the Bingo card could get the Senators over the hump of what is now a four-game losing streak.

The Islanders beat the Senators 3-2 in a shootout in a half-empty Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

How low are things for the reeling Senators ? The Islanders hadn't beaten the Senators here in almost four years (Jan. 19, 2004). It was just the fifth time the Senators have lost to the Islanders in the last 43 times they've met.

The shootout went 12 shooters deep. After Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson beat Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, New York's Bill Guerin and Mike Sillinger beat Senators goalie Ray Emery. It ended when DiPietro gloved Dean McAmmond's shot.

Now the Senators are mired in their longest losing streak since dropping five in a row (0-4-1) in late October and early November last season.

"I'm not happy we haven't won in four games," said Senators coach John Paddock, "but it doesn't feel like a four-game losing streak."

Things won't get any easier as now the Senators must face the Nashville Predators, who were sitting in Ottawa last night waiting for them, tonight at Scotiabank Place.

Andrej Meszaros scored both Senators goals.

"I feel like it was a step in the right direction," said Alfredsson. "We played pretty solid and stuck to the game plan. After they scored, we didn't try to get it back right away. We've got to build on little things. I think everybody worked hard."

The overtime was a thriller with both teams enjoying power plays. Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov dropped to his knees to save a goal by New York's Ruslan Fedotenko. In the waning seconds, Ottawa's Jason Spezza sprawled on his stomach and got his hand on a pass to break up a 2-on-1.

Sillinger, the former Senator, scored early in the third for a 2-1 lead for the stingy Isles, who have now given up two goals or less in 10 straight games, backed by DiPietro, who was starting his 17th straight game.

Ref Mick McGeough called back what appeared to be a goal by Randy Robitaille because Antoine Vermette was standing in the crease next to DiPietro.

"I was trying to pop out the other side, but (Andy) Sutton crosschecked me and I couldn't move. That's why we argued the call. We didn't think it was the right call," said Vermette.

This will be the Predators' first visit to Ottawa since the 2003-04 season.


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