NEW YORK – After a sluggish start, the New York Islanders picked up the second period of the second period.
Mathew Barzal had to help the 6-8 winners for the sixth win in six games. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assistant, Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas also scored for New York, which came back from a pair of two-goal deficits.
"A little bit of the hangover from the break," Lee said. "We could tell we were weak in some areas, mentally and physically.
Thomas Greiss gave up three goals on 17 shots before he pulled 6:11 into the second period. Robin Lehner, who began his career with Ottawa, came on and stopped all 10 shots he faced to improve to 7-0-3 against his former team.
"Just a couple of missed assignments," Barzal said of the Senators "early goals. "Greisser has been a rock for us all year … Lehner came in and played great."
The Islanders trailed 2-0 early in the second and 3-1 later in the middle period. New York then scored the last five goals, including four in the third.
Lee started the comeback as the Senators in their own zone. Goalie Mike McKenna got the puck behind his net, passed Ben Harpur in the left corner, but Harpur's pass to Nick Paul went off Paul's stick in the right circle. Lee got the puck and beat McKenna for his 14th with 2:32 to go in the middle period.
Boychuk tied the score 3-3 at 2:57 of the third as he fired a slap shot from the right point. It was his second game, with both goals coming in the last four games.
"Anytime you're down," Lee said. "We got that. And for Johnny to come out in the third.
Barzal, who got his team-leading 25th assist in the game, gave the Islanders their first lead at 4:51. Barzal made it 5-3 after a turnover by the Senators in the neutral zone, beating McKenna from the inside.
Urged to shoot more by coach Barry Trotz, Barzal converted on both of his shots.
"I'm trying to look at the net a little more," he said "I'm just trying to make the right play. If it's a shot, it's not."
Cizikas added an empty-netter with 54 seconds left for his career-high 10th.
Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, which has lost six of eight (2-5-1). McKenna finished with 33 saves as the Senators fell to 4-13-1 on the road.
"We scored three goals," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. "We were solid, had control of game. We gave them two goals – they got life and momentum.
The game got chippy late with several fights, including pushing and shoving after the final buzzer.
I will give you a chance to take a break in the world. 17th with 3:42 left. It gave Stone eight goals and 17 points in his last 15 games.
Duchene scored on the power play 2:47 of the second to make it 2-0. It was Duchene's third goal in three games.
The Islanders scored a few more than 20 seconds later. McKenna played the puck in the left side, McKenna was able to slide the right side of the board. over at 3:11.
Ceci restored the Senators' two-goal lead exactly 3 minutes later with his fifth.
Lehner replaced Greiss after that and Ottawa did not score again.
NOTEBOOK: Ceci appeared in his 400th career game, becoming the fifth defenceman in the franchise history to reach that milestone. … Stone now has five goals and 11 points in 13 career games against the Islanders … Duchene has 11 goals and 25 points in his last 18 games. … Islanders F Jordan Eberle sat out due to soreness. … Lehner was drafted by Ottawa in the second round of 2009, and 30-36-13 in five seasons with the Senators.
Senators: Host Washington on Saturday night
Islanders: At John Tavares.