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Senators stay hot, crush Islanders

UNIONDALE, L.I. -- Erik Karlsson had a simple explanation for Ottawa's dominant performance Monday.

"Everyone from offense to defense did the job today," the All-Star defenseman said.

Sure looks that way.

The 21-year-old Karlsson had two goals and fellow defensemen Chris Phillips and Brian Lee also scored to lead the Senators to a 6-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

Jason Spezza also scored twice and Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Ottawa, which has won three straight and four of five. Karlsson added two assists and leads NHL defensemen with 57 points.

"We all contributed today, especially Andy and the way he played in goal," said Karlsson, who has 12 goals and 45 assists in his third NHL season. "Everyone did their job."

The Senators (31-22-8) moved within two points of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division and one point behind Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Karlsson opened the scoring 1:08 into the first period with his 11th of the season on a sharp-angle shot from the corner to the left of Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin. Spezza, who has seven goals and eight assists in his last six games, made it 2-0 just 27 seconds later.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano then yanked Poulin for Al Montoya but Ottawa kept pouring it on.


Hurricanes romp

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eric Staal had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters cruised to his first NHL shutout, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the reeling Washington Capitals, 5-0, on Monday night.

Justin Faulk and Anthony Stewart scored in an 88-second span and Andreas Nodl added a goal during Carolina's three-goal first period.

Peters needed to make just 17 saves to win his second straight start. He replaced Cam Ward, who was out with an injury.

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