The Islanders are enjoying their role as spoilers.

The Isles made Ottawa’s drive toward the postseason harder on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory.
Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for the second straight night, and the Islanders won their third in a row and for the fifth time in six games.

The Isles also recently have knocked off playoff hopefuls, Blue Jackets and Devils.
“We knew they were a desperate team and we knew it was going to be a tough game.” Bailey said of the Senators. “They came at us pretty hard.”

Bailey, playing in his 400th NHL game, scored a power-play goal in the first period, and assisted on Casey Cizikas’ winner midway through the third. Bailey waited out goalie Craig Anderson and slid the puck into the crease from behind the goal line to Cizikas.

Ryan Strome had two assists, and rookie Anders Nilsson followed up Evgeni Nabokov’s home victory against Florida on Tuesday by making 35 saves.

Milan Michalek’s power-play tally 6:41 into the third period was the lone goal for the Senators, who had won three straight.

The goal came exactly 110 minutes after the Senators’ previous score, not counting one in the shootout of Monday’s 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Michalek was at the side of the net when he jammed a loose puck past Nilsson with four players down in the crease.