Islanders’ offense goes quiet in loss to Senators


OTTAWA, Ontario — Claude Giroux’s second-period power-play goal was the game-winner as the Ottawa Senators tripped the New York Islanders 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Shane Pinto also scored for the Senators (21-23-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. Anton Forsberg, who stopped 21 shots, was called into action in the second period after Cam Talbot, who made 14 saves, left the game with an injury.

The Islanders (23-22-5) continue to struggle as their winless streak reached six games (0-4-2). Brock Nelson scored the lone goal for New York, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots.

Trailing by one goal the Islanders pushed hard for the equalizer with Varlamov on the bench, but Forsberg made a couple of big saves to salvage the win.

Ottawa Senators center Shane Pinto (57) scores against Islanders goalie Semyon Valarmov (40) in the first period on Wednesday.

Both teams exchanged goals in the second, but the Islanders were able to finish the period with a bit of momentum.

Ottawa took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal early in the period.

Giroux saw a rebound coming his way and dove to get a shot off and managed to beat Varlamov for his second point of the game. Ridly Greig, making his NHL debut, picked up the primary assist on the play.

Talbot pulled himself from the game near the halfway mark and the team announced he had suffered a lower-body injury.

Islanders left wing Zach Parise battles with Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom in the second period on Wednesday.

Forsberg faced a couple early shots and the Islanders managed to cut the lead in half late in the period when Nelson scored from the slot.

The Senators held a 1-0 lead after the first.

Pinto picked up his 12th of the season tipping a Giroux shot seconds after the power play expired.

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