Senators 6, Islanders 4

The Ottawa Senators broke out of their slump in a big way.

Robin Lehner made 20 saves in his first NHL start and Ottawa
snapped a six-game winless streak with a 6-4 victory over the New
York Islanders on Thursday night.

Lehner was called up for the third time this season, and
appeared twice earlier, both in relief roles.

Daniel Alfredsson, Jesse Winchester, Milan Michalek, Chris
Kelly, Nick Foligno and Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. The Senators
were 0-4-2 before the victory. Trevor Gillies scored his first NHL
goal, and Blake Comeau, P.A. Parenteau and Milan Jurcina added
goals for New York, 0-2-1 in its last three games.

Kevin Poulin started in goal for New York and allowed two goals
on eight shots. He was relieved by Nathan Lawson, who stopped 15 of
19 shots. Poulin was reinserted in the third period and stopped 11
more shots.

”Pulling Poulin was a gut feeling,” Islanders coach Jack
Capuano said. ”Sometimes, you just have to listen to your

It took Ottawa all of 32 seconds to open the scoring. Mike
Fisher passed up to Alfredsson, who came in alone on Poulin, threw
a deke, and buried the puck.

”We started off so quickly and never looked back,” Alfredsson
said. ”It’s nice to be in a winning locker room.”

Gillies tied it at 7:23, when a centering pass from Zenon
Konopka deflected in off his skate, with a video review

”It felt great,” Gillies said about his first NHL goal. ”But
we have to go 100 percent every shift.”

Ottawa went back in front at 9:50 when Winchester beat Poulin
cleanly from the left circle.

”It’s a part of hockey,” Poulin said about being pulled. ”I
was mad at myself for letting a quick goal in.”

The Islanders got a power play in the second period, yet it was
the Senators who scored to make it 3-1.

Michalek finished a short-handed 2-on-1 by putting a one-timer
between Lawson’s legs at 7:13.

Comeau answered back at 10:31 while both teams were skating four

”It seems like a trend for us in the first period,” Comeau
said. ”The guys were embarrassed, basically.”

Twenty seconds later, Kelly shot one past Lawson, and Ottawa was
back ahead by two.

Foligno moved it up to 5-2 when he buried his own rebound at
13:01, and then Smith nailed one at 14:37.

Parenteau got his 10th for the Islanders 1:49 into the final

Jurcina blasted a point shot past Lehner at 10:50.

”We have to be ready to play,” Jurcina said. ”We need to have
better starts.”

NOTES: The Senators are the only team in the NHL that hasn’t won
a single game that has gone past regulation. … Ottawa also
recalled C Corey Locke from Binghamton.