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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Colorado

(Monday, December 12th)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Colorado 2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and added two assists, as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-2, at the Pepsi Center.

Daniel Alfredsson had three assists, while Bryan Smolinski, Patrick Eaves, Brandon Bochenski, Mike Fisher and Christoph Schubert also scored for the Senators, who snapped a season-long two-game skid. Dominik Hasek made 22 saves for Ottawa.

Marek Svatos and Patrice Brisebois both notched goals and Vitaliy Kolesnik stopped 25 of 31 shots for Colorado, which lost its second straight contest.

Entering the third period tied at 2-2, Ottawa scored four unanswered goals, the last three 2:10 apart, to pull away from Colorado.

"When you give them a chance like that in the third, they are going to bury it," Avs defenseman Rob Blake said. "It only took a couple of plays to turn this thing around."

Heatley gave the Senators their first lead of the contest 5:50 into the third period while on the man advantage. Alfredsson blasted a slap shot from the high slot and the puck was tipped by Heatley that beat Kolesnik stick side for the 3-2 lead.

"I thought we really played good tonight," Alfredsson said. "Our line played really well as well tonight. The goal early in the third forced them to play more offense and put an extra guy in the zone and we took advantage of that."

Ottawa upped its lead to 4-2 after Eaves batted a backhand shot from down low past Kolesnik. Eaves fanned on the first shot, which got Kolesnik out of position.

The Senators made it 5-2 after Smolinski beat Kolesnik with a slap shot from the high slot. Ottawa put the finishing touches on the victory after Bochenski ripped a wrist shot from the slot past Kolesnik for the 6-2 advantage.

Colorado got on the scoreboard 4:44 into the first period while on the power play after Svatos deflected a shot through Hasek's five-hole for the 1-0 lead. Pierre Turgeon sent a shot on goal from along the left half-wall that found Svatos' stick on the doorstep for the score.

Ottawa tied the game just over seven minutes later while on the man advantage after Fisher deflected a shot past Kolesnik to make it 1-1. Andrej Meszaros took a slap shot from the right point that connected with Fisher as he was skating to the front of the net.

The Avs regained the lead with 6:10 left in the second period while on the power play after Brisebois beat Hasek with a low, hard wrist shot from the right point for the 2-1 advantage. Joe Sakic provided a screen in front of Hasek to help tally the goal.

The Senators netted the equalizer less than two minutes later after Schubert beat Kolesnik high to the stick side with a wrist shot from inside the left circle to make it 2-2.

Game Notes

Ottawa is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Colorado, and 6-1-1 in the last eight. The Senators improved to 3-12-1 against the Quebec/Colorado franchise on the road...Brisebois' goal was the first for him in 22 games...Eaves has two goals in his last three games since his call up from the minors...With an assist on Brisebois' tally, Sakic extended his point streak to 10 games...Svatos has four points in his last three games.

12/13 03:02:02 ET

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