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Halak sets Islanders record with 11th straight win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves in his franchise-record 11th straight victory, and the New York Islanders held on for a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Halak, 13-4 in his first season with the Islanders, broke the record held by Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith, set in 1982.

Casey Cizikas scored the winner for the surging Islanders (19-7), and Brock Nelson also scored. New York has won eight of nine and 13 of 15.

Halak has allowed only 14 goals during his streak

Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has lost four straight — including both games in a home-and-home series with New York.

Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots. He has lost his last five starts for the first time since an eight-game skid from Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 2012.

Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who announced his retirement Thursday morning, took part in the pregame warmup and bid his final farewell to a sold-out crowd of 20,511.

The Islanders took the lead at 13:33 of the third when Thomas Hickey made a cross-ice pass to Cizikas, who beat Anderson with a one-timer.

Special teams were the difference in the second period as both teams scored with the man advantage.

The Islanders opened the scoring at 11:45 as Nelson took a great pass from Frans Nielsen behind the net to beat Anderson for a power-play goal.

The Senators made the most of a two-man advantage to tie it. With Nelson already in the penalty box, Brian Strait took a high-sticking penalty.

Erik Karlsson and Zibanejad played give-and-go before Zibanejad rifled a shot through Halak’s pads at 15:07.

Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot played his first game of the season after missing the first 24 games with a lower body injury.

NOTES: The Senators placed D Patrick Wiercioch on the injured list with a muscle strain. D Jared Cowen, C Colin Greening and C Zack Smith were healthy scratches. … The Islanders were without D Travis Hamonic (upper body) and RW Cal Clutterbuck (lower body). Both are day-to-day. C Josh Bailey was a healthy scratch.

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