Islanders offense cools as slump continues with loss to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario — Claude Giroux’s second-period power play goal was the game-winning goal as the Ottawa Senators stumbled 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 win. Anton Forsberg, who stopped 21 shots, was called up 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 New York’s only goal, 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 some big saves to salvage the win.

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

Both teams traded goals in the second, but the Islanders managed to end the period with some momentum.

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

Giroux saw a rebound coming and dived for a shot and managed to beat Varlamov for his second point of the game. Ridly Greig, making his NHL debut, had the main assist on the play.

Talbot retired from the game near the halfway mark and the team announced he suffered a lower body injury.

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

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

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

Pinto notched his 12th of the season by tipping a Giroux shot seconds after the power play ended.

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