Series (Game 1 of 1)

Ottawa leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th

Coyotes 2

(20-21-2, 42 pts)

Senators 7

(29-9-3, 61 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 10, 2006

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
ARI 1 0 12
OTT 2 3 27

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

M. Fisher (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Z. Chara (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Phoenix (20-20-2) at Ottawa (28-9-3) 7:30 pm EST

Phoenix (20-20-2) at Ottawa (28-9-3) 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Following a difficult road trip in which they exhibited little of the offensive firepower that has been their trademark, the Ottawa Senators return home to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Still playing without two of their top three scorers, captain Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, the Senators dropped a 4-1 decision in Montreal on Saturday for their second straight loss.

The club has not lost three straight games this season.

Steve Martins' first goal of the season midway through the second period was the only scoring for Ottawa, which dug itself a 4-0 hole less than 16 minutes into the contest. Ray Emery was victimized in net before being relieved by Dominik Hasek following the Canadiens' final tally.

Alfredsson and Spezza both have returned to practice and may come back to Ottawa's lineup within the week, although neither is certain to appear Tuesday.

The Coyotes may be the perfect squad to cure the Senators' ills. They enter a three-game road trip with three straight losses while getting outscored, 14-4.

Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan were Phoenix's two goal-scorers in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Columbus. The Coyotes suffered their eighth setback in 12 games despite holding a 34-15 advantage in shots and winning 41-of-64 faceoffs.