NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Ottawa
(Tuesday, January 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 7, Phoenix 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Captain Daniel Alfredsson recorded two goals and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-2 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Corel Centre.
Zdeno Chara and Mike Fisher each registered a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which returned home after a 1-3 road trip. Dany Heatley, Chris Neil and Patrick Eaves each added a goal while Bryan Smolinski posted three assists in the victory. Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Senators, who won their fifth consecutive home contest.
"He is a big part of the hockey team," said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray of Alfredsson. "He brings energy, skill and he shoots the puck."
Zbynek Michalek and Jamie Lundmark scored for Phoenix, which lost its fourth straight game. Brian Boucher allowed all seven goals on 39 shots in the loss.
The Senators jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:31 into the contest. A nice pass from the base of the left half-wall near the goal line from Alfredsson found its way across the slot onto Chara's stick. The big defenseman ripped a slap shot from the right point and Heatley deflected it home for his 27th goal of the season.
Just before eight minutes had elapsed, the Coyotes tied the game. Michalek drifted along the blue line toward the center, wound up and released a blazing slap shot that, with help from traffic in front, beat Hasek at 7:59.
Chara's eighth goal, with 8:06 to go in the first, came on a rebound after a shot by Smolinski and gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
All three first-period markers came on the power play.
The Senators then opened the floodgates with five consecutive goals, three of which came in the middle session. First, at 8:14 of the second, Ottawa defenseman Brian Pothier passed out to the slot from along the right boards before a wrist shot by Fisher from the top of the circle made it 3-1.
Fisher continued to produce and his efforts paved the way for the next Ottawa goal. After a turnover by the Coyotes in their own zone over three minutes later, his shot from the left hash was deflected and came directly to Neil, who lit the lamp from the low slot at 11:31.
"We got (several) goals in a row in the second just because of our forecheck," Fisher said. "They turned it over, we capitalized and buried it right away."
Following Eaves' seventh goal with 3:03 to go in the middle stanza that put the Senators ahead 5-1 after two periods, Alfredsson's two goals in the third pushed the advantage to six.
At the 1:49 mark of the final period, Alfredsson accepted a pass from Smolinski, who was in the left corner. Alfredsson's first shot was denied, but he followed up and punched home the rebound from the top of the crease.
"Any time you score seven goals, it's nice," said Alfredsson. "We had a lot of chances."
Smolinski and Alfredsson hooked up again with 7:12 to go. Alfredsson's 27th tally -- a laser from the high slot -- made it 7-1.
Lundmark's fifth goal of the season with under three minutes remaining capped the scoring.
With the victory, Ottawa moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with 61 points...The Sens improved to 17-3-0 at home this season and are 27-0 when scoring at least four goals...Ottawa will host San Jose on Thursday...Phoenix fell to 9-12-1 on the road...The Senators have captured six of the last seven matchups with the Coyotes, whose last win in Ottawa came on December 12, 1998...Attendance was 19,773...The Sens finished 3-for-9 on the power play while the visitors ended 1-for-6 with the extra skater.
01/11 01:35:24 ET