New York, N.Y. - The New York Islanders (17-28-7) showed true grit in their physical 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators (17-28-8) in Saturday night hockey action. On the night that Ty Wishart made his debut for the Islanders, most fans know Wishart as the player the Isles got in the Dwayne Roloson trade to Tampa Bay.

This game also marked the official start of the Kevin Poulin era as the keeper for the Islanders, he got to make an impression early in the game as at the 1:00 mark of the first period he stopped a 43 foot slap shot that was attempted by Alexi Kovalev.

Fireworks would then fly at the 3:09 mark of that frame as Matt Martin would challenge Zack Smith in a very long and physical fight, as thee officials would be needed to break the two up. This would be only the beginning of a very physical battle between these two teams.

After some impressive skating the Islanders were able to get on the board for their first goal as at the 4:10 mark Matt Moulson (18) tallied a nine foot tip-in shot, which was assisted by Jack Hillen (5) and John Tavares (21) for the 1-0 lead.

Ottawa would quickly answer on a Chris Neal (3) goal at the 4:23 mark, as the Senators were able to out battle the Islanders for the puck near the cage of Poulin. Neil would eventually get the puck and register a 35 foot snap shot to make the score 1-1.

New York would not back down as a very speedy Michael Grabner (16) put on a display of sweet-stick handling before tallying a 16 foot wrister, which was assisted by Frans Nielsen (17) and Ty Wishart. For Wishart it would be his first point as an Islanders, while also being his second point in the NHL. As for Grabner he has now registered seven goals in his seven last games.

Mike Fisher (14) would help the Senators tie the game up for the second time, tallying a 42 foot wrister, which was assisted by Chris Kelly (10) and Chris Campoli (10) at the 12:20 mark of that frame. The Senators would then take the lead on an Alexi Kovalev (11) 23 foot snap shot at the 17:11 mark, which was assisted by Peter Regin (13) and Campoli (11).

The Senators would not be able to hold on to their lead for long as at the 17:28 mark Rob Schremp (eight) answered back with a 10 foot tip-in, which was assisted by Jeremy Colliton (1) and Ty Wishart (2) to make the game 3-3.

Somehow neither team was able to find any more offense in what was a crazy offensive first period of play as the two teams would stay tied at the end of the first period of play. The last time these two teams had six goals in a game was on November 1993, and it was all Islanders on that day as they were able to record all of the goals.

Ottawa would start the second period by yanking their keeper Brian Elliott and putting in Robin Lehner. The new keeper would start the sweating process pretty quickly as at the 5:45 mark John Tavares had 13 foot shot that just hit the crossbar.

Tavares would test the new keeper again at the 9:21 mark trying a 39 foot snap shot that the backup was able to save. These two teams would continue to hit each other hard until another fight broke out at the 17:20 mark of that frame.

The Islanders would get a power play opportunity at the 19:55 mark of that period, but could not cash in as the horn would sound to end the play. Just as the two teams were heading off the ice Lehner and Poulin would pass each other by going into the locker room, and the Senators keeper showed his dislike of Poulin with a elbow to the side of the body. Officials came to penalize the Senators keeper and break up any extra scrums from happening.

The Islanders would hit the ice for the third period of play with 1:56 minutes of a 5-on-3 power play opportunity and would eventually cash in on that opportunity to make the score 4-3. It was at the 1:39 mark that Rob Schremp (9) would tip-in his second goal of the game.

Schremp was able to find a juicy rebound off a wicked shot that was taken by Travis Hamonic (9) who was eventually given the assist on that play, also getting an assist was Michael Grabner (eight) as the Islanders finally took the lead.

New York would continue to press their offensive momentum at the 3:11 mark as P.A. Parenteau had a 17 foot snap shot denied by Robin Lehner. Kevin Poulin would have the save of the night at the 16:10 mark, as he would save a 50 foot slap shot that was taken by Jason Spezza.

Michael Grabner would continue to show off his speed and power at the 16:35 mark, having a great break out opportunity and 27 foot wrister which was denied by Lehner. The Islanders would seal their 5-3 victory on a short handed empty net goal at the 19:35 mark by Frans Nielsen (6) which was assisted by Travis Hamonic (10). This victory would be a sweet one for the Islanders as it would be the first time they have been able to defeat the Senators this season.

Poulin would end a very strong night in the cage for the Islanders with 20 saves, while on the other side of the ice Lehner would stop 23 pucks from going into the net.

New York will next be at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday February 8, 2011 as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

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