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Hamonic, Tavares lead way as Islanders beat Senators 5-2

OTTAWA — Travis Hamonic and John Tavares had a goal and an assist each in the third period as the New York Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday.

Hamonic beat Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond with a slap shot at 2:58 of the third to give New York a 3-2 lead and Tavares slipped a backhand past Hammond at 7:03 for some insurance.

Kyle Okposo scored on a bank shot off the behind of Ottawa defenceman Jared Cowen to make the score 5-2 at 14:00.

Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders (25-1-5-6) while Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves for the win.

Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson had goals for the Senators (22-20-6), who were coming off a five-game 12-day road trip. Hammond had 29 saves.

The Islanders had the only three power plays and the only goal of the first period.

Ottawa killed the second and third penalties, but the first lasted just 19 seconds after New York scored.

With Erik Karlsson in the box for holding, Leddy took a drop pass from Frans Nielsen and took a one-timer from the slot that beat Hammond stick side at 3:49.

The Senators got their first power just three seconds into the second period when Matt Martin tripped Ryan off the period-opening faceoff.

Ottawa failed to score with the man advantage, but just two seconds after it ended Ryan tied the game with a snap shot from the face-off circle.

The Senators took a 2-1 lead at 10:51 when Karlsson snuck in from the point and beat Halak off a pass from behind the net by Curtis Lazar.

The jubilation was short lived though as just 19 second later Clutterback evened the score again as Karlsson's goal was still being announced.

The Senators are home again Sunday afternoon when they host the New York Rangers while the Islanders return home to face the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday.

Notes: Kyle Turris missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Other scratches for the Senators were Marc Methot and Alex Chiasson while Steve Bernier, Scott Mayfield and Jean-Francois Berube were scratches for the Islanders…A third-period slashing penalty gave Senators forward Chris Neil 2,400 penalty minutes for his career…Jaroslav Halak improved to 12-8-4 on the year while Andrew Hammond fell to 3-5-2.

Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

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