Mike Fisher couldn't have asked for a better finish to the Ottawa Senators home opener as he scored the overtime game winner to give the Senators a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Fisher scored the winner 32 seconds into overtime after beating Martin Biron through the legs with a great wristshot.
"It's obviously nice to get the win and get it in overtime," said Fisher. "It wasn't obviously our best effort, but the end result was what we wanted."
Peter Regin and Matt Carkner also scored for the Senators, while Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots.
Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson scored for the Islanders. Biron faced 28 shots.
Carkner's goal, his first in the NHL, was the highlight of the game for most of his teammates.
"He's been great," said Fisher. "Everyone on the bench was so excited for him. He's played great, he's been solid and competed hard. It's nice to see him get rewarded with one too."
There was no denying Carkner's jubilation following the game and who could blame him. Carkner came into Senators training camp as a forward and ended up making the team as a defenceman. He's been waiting a long time to find a home in the NHL and he's hoping Ottawa will be just that.
"I didn't even know I scored," said Carkner. "I skated around the net and the guys had their arms up in the air. It was definitely a lot of work to get there, but it was unreal."
Carkner said it meant even more having his friends and family on hand to see him score the goal.
"It's a great night for sure," added Carkner, who after three games has been solid for the Senators. "I'm not the type of guy to expect goals and points and that kind of thing so it's nice to pitch in. Just being able to get ice time and play and be a part of the team is a little more than I expected, but I always believed in myself that I could get there so I'm just trying to make the best of it."
Senators coach Cory Clouston felt the team started off well, but had some struggles as they dealt with penalties.
"Penalties put us behind the eight ball," said Clouston. "I thought we battled hard to get the two points."
The Senators 2-1-0 will look for its third straight win Saturday as they host the Atlanta Thrashers.