OTTAWA (AP) -- Daniel Alfredsson thinks he's playing the best
hockey of his career -- and he has seven goals in his past three
games to prove it.
The Ottawa captain scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season
and also had an assist, and Dominik Hasek made 28 saves for his
third shutout in the Senators' 6-0 victory over the New York
Islanders on Saturday night.
Alfredsson, tied for the NHL scoring lead with Carolina's Eric
Staal with 26 points, has seven goals and nine assists in his
six-game scoring streak.
"The biggest thing is I'm having fun playing out there and
we're creating a lot of chances every game," Alfredsson said.
"I'm playing well. I feel good. Skating's good. I've got a lot of
"I'm playing a lot and I'm putting it in when I'm getting
chances. In a long year you'll go through ups and downs and right
now we're having a lot of fun with it."
The 40-year-old Hasek, in his first season with Ottawa, has 66
career shutouts to tie Patrick Roy for 13th place on the career
"He saved us in the second period when they were buzzing big
time in our end for 10 minutes and he made some big saves to keep
it a two goal game," Alfredsson said.
Dany Heatley, Chris Neil, Martin Havlat and Brian Smolinski also
scored to help the Senators improve to 11-2-0 with their third
"They're the best team in the NHL by far," Islanders center
Jason Blake. "When you put Alfredsson, Heatley and (Jason) Spezza
out there on a power play, they're bound to cash in."
Heatley, who also had an assist, has points in all 13 games the
Senators have played, tying him with Marian Hossa for the franchise
record. Heatley, acquired from Atlanta during the offseason, has 11
goals and 13 assists this season.
Alfredsson opened the scoring at 9:22 of the first period just
seconds after emerging from the penalty box and while the Senators
were still killing off another minor penalty to Mike Fisher. A
point shot deflected off Senators' defenseman Chris Phillips leg
and went to the neutral zone where Alfredsson had a breakaway from
center ice and beat Rick DiPietro low.
Heatley extended his points streak at 15:14 of the first when he
banked in a rebound on the power play. Chris Neil deflection a
point shot from Brian Pothier past DiPietro 13 minutes into the
second period to give Ottawa a 3-0 lead.
Havlat scored his sixth goal in his past three games to gave the
Senators a 4-0 lead, wristing a shot past DiPietro three minutes
into the third period.
Alfredsson picked up his second goal of the game after being
pushed into DiPietro by Islanders' defenseman Brent Sopel.
Smolinski scored the Senators' third power-play goal at 13:19 of
the third period.
The Senators set an attendance record with 19,776 tickets sold.
The old record was 19,661, set during their 5-0 home opener win
over the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 8. Capacity at the Corel Centre
until this season was 18,500.
^Notes:@ Jason Spezza reached 100 career points when he assisted on
Heatley's first-period goal. Spezza finished the game with two
assists, giving him 34 goals and 67 assists in 124 career games.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Steve Kozari Linesmen: Derek Amell, Scott Driscoll
Attendance: 19,776 (106.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Daniel Alfredsson (13)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Chris Phillips
Dany Heatley (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson
Chris Neil (6)
Assist: Brian Pothier
Martin Havlat (7)
Assists: Antoine Vermette, Peter Schaefer
Daniel Alfredsson (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley
Bryan Smolinski (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips