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Fisher scores, adds assist to help Senators beat Islanders 5-2

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New York Islanders right wing Richard Park (10), of South Korea, is defended by Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) as Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber (29) looks on during the second period of hockey action Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 in New York. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Frank Franklin II Author: The Hockey News

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Fisher scores, adds assist to help Senators beat Islanders 5-2

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - For the Ottawa Senators, it was just another methodical win. For the New York Islanders, it was just another maddening loss.

Mike Fisher had a goal and assist and the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Tuesday night.

"It was a good win for us," Fisher said. "We played pretty well, for the most part. We were glad to be up 3-2, but we were making some mistakes, and they were feeding off that."

Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Dean McAmmond and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, who won for just the third time in their past eight games.

Martin Gerber turned aside 23 shots for his 23rd win this season.

"I saw the puck well tonight," Gerber said. "I think it was a good win for us."

The Islanders tried to come back from a 3-0 deficit, but goals by Sean Bergenheim and Bryan Berard weren't enough to prevent them from going 1-3-1 in their past five games.

All-star goalie Rick DiPietro stopped 21 shots in the loss. New York is winless in five games at home (0-4-1).

The last time the Islanders went that long without a win was when they lost seven straight from Feb. 27 to March 29, 2001.

The Islanders have not won a home game in 2008 - their last win was Dec. 29, a 5-2 victory over New Jersey.

Senators captain and all-star Daniel Alfredsson sat out the third period with a hip injury. He said he hurt it going for a puck with his skate, and he will see how it feels on Wednesday.

The announced crowd of 9,546 was the fourth home game this season, and second time against Ottawa, that New York drew less than 10,000.

Ottawa got off to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in a 35-second span near the midway point of the first period.

On their first power play, the Senators went ahead at 9:18 when Meszaros' shot from the centre point was tipped by Islanders defenceman Freddy Meyer and got past DiPietro.

Then at 9:53, Phillips walked in unimpeded from the point to the left circle and wristed a shot to the short side.

The Senators moved in front 3-0 in the second period when Fisher sent a blind backhand pass to the slot. McAmmond, alone in front, beat DiPietro with a short wrist shot. It was McAmmond's seventh goal this season, and came at 6:38.

The Islanders had a chance to break the shutout, but Blake Comeau hit the left post with a wrist shot at 8:16.

New York finally put one past Gerber at 15:58 when Josef Vasicek threw a centring pass from behind the net. Gerber tried to cut off the pass with his stick, but missed, and Bergenheim was all alone to send a wrist shot into the net.

Berard made it 3-2 at 6:35 of the final period when he and Miroslav Satan executed a perfect back-door play on New York's second power-play chance.

"They kind of turned it around after the power-play goal," Fisher said.

New York had a chance to tie the game at 8:18, but Richard Park's hurried shot on a break hit Gerber in the chest.

Ottawa clinched the game at 15:03, when Fisher finished a back-door play with his 19th goal.

"It was a 3-2 game," Islanders forward Mike Sillinger said. "We had control of the puck, and all of a sudden, it's in our net."

Spezza closed out the game with his 19th goal, an empty-netter, with 64 seconds left.

Sillinger said the Islanders have to show a bit more intensity in order to snap their home winless streak.

"We go on the road, and we're pumped up in another team's building," Sillinger said. "We have to show more desperation at home. We're finding ways to lose, and we have to turn it around quick."

Notes: Senators captain and all-star Daniel Alfredsson injured his hip during the second period. He played a few more shifts before taking himself out. "I could have skated, but I didn't want it to get worse," Alfredsson said. "I'll see how it is (Wednesday), and we'll go from there." ... Two Islander players, forward Ruslan Fedotenko and defenceman Andy Sutton, missed the game with the flu. ... Islanders forward Mike Comrie, who assisted on Berard's goal, is one point shy of 300 for his NHL career. ... The announced crowd of 9,546 was the fourth home game this season, and second time against Ottawa, that New York drew less than 10,000.

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