The visiting New York Islanders edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime on Mark Eaton’s first goal in more than two years at Scotiabank Place on Friday.
Eaton, playing in his 600th NHL game, scored the game-winning goal on a turnaround backhand shot. Eaton last scored on Nov. 28, 2009 and has scored 24 career goals.
“You can’t rely on just the big guys every time out,” Eaton told reporters. “You need to be able to win when those guys are held off the scoreboard.”
The loss was the fifth straight for the struggling Senators, who were playing their first game at home since Jan. 16.
Zack Smith opened the scoring for the Senators with only 13 seconds remaining in the second period on a wrist shot New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov could not get his glove to.
“I don’t think we executed the way we wanted,” Smith said. “We tried being a little too cute at times. We didn’t get pucks to the net and didn’t challenge their ‘D’ enough entering the zone.”
Matt Martin scored the tying goal for NY early in the third period taking a pass from P.A. Parenteau, who also had an assist on the winner.
BLUES 1, KINGS 0
In St Louis, Missouri, Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots in a shutout as the St Louis beat the Los Angeles Kings to move into a tie for second in the Western Conference.
Halak recorded his fifth shutout of the season and 21st of his career. He has four shutouts in his past seven starts and St Louis have a league-best 10.
Jamie Langenbrunner scored the sole goal in the second period for the Blues.
In other games, it was:
‧ Flames 3, Blackhawks 1
‧ Panthers 2, Jets 1
‧ Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 2, OT