Islanders Snap 11-Game Losing Streak with Win Over Senators

By Field Level Media
Field Level Media
Field Level Media
December 8, 2021 Updated: December 8, 2021

Anders Lee scored twice Tuesday night for the visiting New York Islanders, who snapped an 11-game losing streak and earned their first win in more than a month by beating the Ottawa Senators 5–3.

The Islanders went 0–8–3 dating back to Nov. 7, a span in which they were ravaged by injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak. The losing streak was the longest for New York since a 14-game skid (0–11–3) in 2010.

Oliver Wahlstrom scored 27 seconds before Lee’s second goal in the middle period—a tally that gave the Islanders their first multi-goal lead since their previous win, a 2–0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 6.

Kieffer Bellows and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each scored in the third as New York scored its most goals since a 6–2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 4.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 30 saves.

Josh Norris, Nick Holden and Alex Formenton scored for the Senators, whose three-game winning streak was snapped. Ottawa hasn’t won more than three straight since a six-game winning streak from March 2 through March 11, 2017.

Goalie Filip Gustavsson recorded 22 saves.

Lee, who was one of eight Islanders sidelined by COVID-19, put back the wide rebound of his own point-blank shot to open the scoring three minutes into the second.

Norris scored on the power play 6:44 later, when he took a cross-ice pass from Drake Batherson, went to one knee and ripped a shot past Sorokin.

Wahlstrom went from his forehand to the backhand to beat Gustavsson with 5:54 left in the second before Lee quickly extended the lead 27 seconds later. Bellows scored 6:26 into the third before Holden’s shot glanced off the skate of Noah Dobson and fluttered past Sorokin 1:45 later.

Pageau scored off a faceoff win by the Islanders with 7:34 left. Formenton scored a short-handed goal with 4:06 remaining, but the Senators got no closer despite pulling Gustavsson in the final two minutes.