NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Ottawa
(Friday, October 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Phoenix 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza collected a season-high four points on two goals and two assists, while Jarkko Ruutu also scored twice as Ottawa doubled up Phoenix, 6-3, at Scotiabank Place.
"I didn't feel good about my game the first two nights, but I felt better against Detroit," Spezza said of his performance in the young season. "It's tough when you have one bad game and then you have 10 days off. I wasn't overly concerned though. I felt I was skating better tonight."
Dany Heatley and Anton Volchenkov also lit the lamp for the Senators, who improved to 2-1-1 on the season with their highest single-game goal total of the year.
Daniel Alfredsson and Shean Donovan chipped in with two helpers each and Martin Gerber made 34 saves for the win.
Shane Doan, Enver Lisin and Mikkel Boedker tallied for the Coyotes, who have dropped two in a row.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed all six goals on just 26 shots in the setback.
Held scoreless through 40 minutes and trailing by four, Phoenix finally responded 2:02 into the third as Doan rifled a wrister over Gerber's glove.
However, Ruutu's second of the game, off a nice dish from linemate Donovan, re-established a four-goal Ottawa edge at 4:09.
"I like scoring goals. It's not that often that it happens so I'll take it when I get a chance," Ruttu noted. "I just took it too the net and tried to get it up high and it found its way in."
Lisin's quick one-timer that sailed over Gerber's glove-side at the nine- minute mark once again brought the Coyotes within three at 5-2, then Boedker's tip-in from the left side of the crease from a pass by Olli Jokinen with 5:21 to play cut the visitors' deficit to a pair.
Coyotes forward Steve Reinprecht was whistled for a delay-of-game for shooting the puck into the seats with 1:48 left in regulation, and only five seconds later Spezza tipped home Filip Kuba's left-point drive which iced the game for Ottawa at 6-3.
"This game will serve its purpose. You can learn a lot from every game," said Jokinen. "I believe it's an eye-opener for some of our younger guys. They're really making a big difference for our hockey club. They commit mistakes, but at the end of the day they're still playing hard."
The Sens picked up the game's first goal, 8:31 into the contest as Donovan's lead pass from center ice found Ruutu on the left wing. His fluttering shot from the left circle found space through Bryzgalov.
Spezza's wrister at a sharp angle from the right circle at 15:10 staked Ottawa to a two-goal lead, and Bryzgalov had to flash the right pad to stop Nick Foligno in close with 2 1/2 to play in the first.
However, Heatley converted a quick turn-around pass from Alfredsson with 1:42 to go and the Senators opened up a three-goal advantage.
Volchenkov's second-chance rebound off a Foligno dish made it 4-0 at 7:05 of the second period. Gerber made 10 stops in the middle period to keep Phoenix off the board.
Ottawa has won six of the last seven meetings and 11 of 15...Phoenix played without forward Daniel Carcillo, hit with a two-game suspension for leaving the bench and fighting Chicago's Ben Eager...Alfredsson made his return to the lineup after missing one game with a bone chip in his right knee...Kuba had two assists for Ottawa and Jokinen was credited with two assists for Phoenix...The Coyotes committed the only three penalties in the game.
10/17 23:05:43 ET