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Reality check for Isles after 6-0 loss to Sens

The Islanders' improbable playoff hopes took a nosedive Monday, when the team was bludgeoned 6-0 by the Senators.

Ottawa's Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson tallied to give the Sens a 2-0 lead 1:35 into play -- forcing 21-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin from net -- and both players finished pair of goals each.

It was the Islanders' sixth shutout loss at home this season, and second time by a 6-0 margin.

The 25-26-8 squad, which has not strung together two straight wins over the last nine-game stretch, failed miserably facing an opportunity to pull within four points of the eighth-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference.

Forward P.A. Parenteau was ejected with a game misconduct midway through the third period after a frustrated outburst directed toward a referee.