Sens lose again, trade Kelly

New York Islanders' Michael Grabner celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators. ...

New York Islanders' Michael Grabner celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

While the Senators continue to get kicked in the teeth in what should be home sweet home, they also said goodbye to another familiar face.

After losing their ninth straight game at home, the Senators announced that centre Chris Kelly had been dealt to the Boston Bruins for a second-round draft pick.

“I just traded one of the good guys and most respected players on this hockey team,” said Senators GM Brian Murray. “These are difficult deals for someone like myself to make because was Chris was such a good player when I coached and followed directions so well.

“To have to make the moves that we’re making are difficult, but it’s the way we have to go at this point in time.”

A few moments earlier, Frans Nielsen beat Brian Elliott through a gaping five-hole to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 shootout victory at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night.

Winger Bobby Butler missed on the final shot as Isles goalie Nathan Lawson picked up his first NHL win in seven appearances. Losing in shootouts is taking its toll.

“Its frustrating,” said Elliott. “You don’t want to lose like that, but we’ve just got to keep practising and winning the games in regulation, so we don’t have to go to the shootout.”

Defenceman Erik Karlsson tied it up late for Ottawa, while Butler and Ryan Shannon also scored for the Senators.

Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and Blake Comeau had the New York goals in regulation. Coach Cory Clouston tried to put on a positive spin for the Senators.

“We didn’t roll over. We played hard. We were playing against a team that is as hot as anyone,” said Clouston. “They’re scoring a lot of goals. They’re dangerous offensively.

“You compound that with only four defencemen and I thought our guys did a good job of digging down and coming away with a point. It’s a small consolation, but our guys worked hard and there was a lot of good things, especially from some of our young guys.”

Already short-handed after dealing veteran centre Mike Fisher last week, the Senators finished the game with only four defencemen. Partners Chris Campoli and Sergei Gonchar both left with lower-body injuries.

Elliott didn’t look good as the Isles pulled ahead 3-2 on Bailey’s seventh goal of the season from the slot at 6:39. Fortunately for Elliott, the Senators were able to battle back.

The goal Elliott allowed by Grabner with the Isles shorthanded was embarrassing. First, Grabner missed the net on a breakaway, but caught Elliott out of the net at 2:48 of the third to tie it up 2-2.

Karlsson didn’t look good allowing Grabner to skate out from behind the net untouched, but Elliott looked terrible.

Elliott tried to explain his gaffe by claiming the ice just being flooded played a role.

“The ice was so new that you just slide a little bit longer than usual. That’s pretty much what happened,” said Elliott.

On the power play, the Senators had a goal called back after a Chris Neil high stick.

The Senators’ power play, 2-for-4 through 40 minutes. Shannon broke a 22-game slump by scoring with the man-advantage at 12:57 of the second. The Senators had a 2-1 lead after two periods.

New York tied the game 1-1 at 8:07 of the second. After Neil took a puck in the face from teammate Jarkko Ruutu behind the Isles’ net, New York was able to take advantage by beating Elliott, who looked lost on the play. Lawson wasn’t pretty. He was all over the net, didn’t have much in the way of control and dodged bullets until Butler opened the scoring at 17:55.

With Ottawa on the power play, Butler picked up a rebound from a Milan Michalek shot and beat Lawson through the five-hole from the circle.

“I just wanted to keep it low,” said Butler.

Earlier, Filip Kuba had a wide open net and redirected it right into Lawson, while Nick Foligno hit the side of a wide open net.

It should be noted two scouts from the Penguins and Habs were also in the house.

Ottawa hosts the Bruins Friday night at 7:30 p.m.


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