OTTAWA (AP) — Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski gave the Ottawa Senators' offense a big boost.
Benoit and Dziurzynski scored their first NHL goals and Craig Anderson made 37 saves and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday.
"I've played a few years to get here so to finally score a goal in the NHL is special," Benoit said. "Since I was a young boy I've been thinking about this."
Colin Greening also scored for Ottawa, which is playing without star defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Jason Spezza.
Travis Hamonic scored for the Islanders, who got 23 saves from Rick DiPietro in his third start of the season.
Benoit's goal at 8:37 of the second period made it 2-0 for Ottawa and came a little more than two weeks after he thought he originally had his first on Feb. 3 in Montreal. But a goaltender interference penalty that day on Jakob Silfverberg negated the goal.
On Tuesday, Silfverberg made a nice pass to Benoit for a one-timer past DiPietro.
"The first one would have never went in if (Silfverberg) wasn't standing there so I can't blame that on him. Tonight it was a great pass and he made a good play," said the 29-year-old Benoit, who played in his 21st NHL game after five years in the American Hockey League and three other seasons in Europe.
"It was disappointing for that first one not to count, but I knew eventually that it would come. It doesn't matter when it comes it's just nice to have it."
Hamonic's wrist shot at 2:44 of the third period cut the Ottawa lead to 2-1 and ended a scoreless streak of 103:19 for the Islanders.
Dziurzynski, in his third professional season, gave the Senators a 3-1 advantage at 17:25 of the third with his first goal in just his third NHL game.
DiPietro couldn't handle the left winger's initial shot and Dziurzynski poked the rebound home.
Senators rookie defenseman Eric Gryba picked up an assist for his first NHL point.
"It's an outstanding feeling. Since I was a little kid I've always wanted to play in the NHL and I'm very happy that I got here and that I got to do it early when I've only played three games," said the 23-year-old Dziurzynski.