Meyer's career game sinks Senators
Freddy Meyer scored twice and added an assist on Saturday night as the New York Islanders bounced back from a terrible showing for a 4-2 home victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Trent Hunter and Andy Hilbert each had a goal and an assist for New York (10-12-2). The real star, though, was Meyer, who had previously scored 12 goals over parts of five seasons in the NHL.
"I know in the minors, I had two hat tricks," Meyer said. "Tonight was just one of those nights."
Joey MacDonald bounced back from being yanked in a 7-2 loss to Boston on Friday to make 19 saves for the win.
Ottawa (8-10-4) lost for the third time in 16 days against the Islanders. The Senators had a modest streak end, having gone 2-0-2 in their previous four.
"I don't think we competed hard enough for 60 minutes," said Senators coach Craig Hartsburg. "We didn't play well."
The problem again was secondary scoring. Forwards not named Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley or Daniel Alfredsson didn't figure on the scoresheet.
Heatley scored his team-leading 12th goal, while Alfredsson notched his sixth. Alex Auld took the loss, finishing with 21 saves in net.
Ottawa plays its next three games at home, beginning Wednesday against Atlanta.
Spezza hit the post just over a minute into the game but fed Heatley in the slot for a 1-0 lead at the 7:32 mark of the first. Alfredsson started the sequence by intercepting an errant New York clearing attempt.
Seconds after Mike Fisher of the Senators hit the post, New York turned the puck up ice and tied the game.
Hilbert deflected Meyer's shot mid-air past Auld.
The second period was a mostly tepid affair. Antoine Vermette fired a slapshot that MacDonald gloved, while Auld foiled Jon Sim on the doorstep.
Sim wasn't denied in the period's final attempt, as his pass attempt towards the crease went off an Ottawa skate and right to Meyer, who put in his second of the season.
Meyer struck again at the 1:57 mark of the third. Just after a power play ended, he found a tight hole with a left point slapshot.
"That third goal was a huge goal for them," said Hartsburg.
Ottawa didn't roll over. Defenceman Filip Kuba started the play that ended with Heatley finding Alfredsson in the slot. The captain roofed the puck over MacDonald.
Ottawa pulled Auld, but Hunter's long attempt found the empty net.
New York made a pair of moves earlier in the day. The Islanders announced they were keeping teenager Josh Bailey instead of sending him back to junior hockey, which will officially kick in his NHL entry-level contract.
The Islanders placed defenceman Thomas Pock on waivers. Pock had been suspended for five games resulting from the first game of the season with Ottawa, when he elbowed Ryan Shannon in the head.
With files from the Associated Press