OTTAWA (AP) -- Bryan Murray saw plenty of the Los Angeles Kings
from his days with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Seeing them again
while standing behind the Ottawa bench didn't bring back many fond
It was the first interconference game for both teams. Murray
coached and was the general manager of the Ducks -- the Kings' local
rival -- before taking over the Senators.
"They run around and do lots of stuff, either after the whistle
or before the whistle," Murray said. "Their line changes are
always late -- they get warned and never get a penalty for it. It's
the way they do it every time."
A total of 95 minutes in penalties were doled out in the third
period, including 65 against Ottawa.
"You can't just have it your way," said Andy Murray, who has
coached the Kings since 1999. "You can't be on top and lofty and
preaching to everybody else. I guess you can, if you're on top, but
I'd like to have that feeling sometime."
Los Angeles, which has lost four of five, extended its
season-high losing streak to three in the only meeting between the
teams this season.
Heatley, who failed to record a point Thursday for the first
time in 23 games this season, scored one of the Senators' two
power-play goals in the first period.
Pavol Demitra got his 14th on a power play 7:02 into the second
to draw the Kings within 2-1.
Hasek came way out of his net later in the period and sprawled
across the ice to take away a breakaway scoring chance from
The spectacular play proved big as Vermette scored on a
short-handed breakaway at 18:25 to give Ottawa a 3-1 advantage. The
Senators put it out of reach in the third with goals 15 seconds
apart by Heatley -- his second of the game, and 19th of the season --
"We got off to a good start," Heatley said. "They played very
well in the second, and then after we took control in the third and
things got a little bit out of hand."
Tensions festered early as Fisher fought Kings agitator Sean
Avery 4:11 in, moments after Fisher's hit upended Eric Belanger.
The bad blood continued later when Ottawa right wing Chris Neil
was given a game misconduct and a major penalty just 38 seconds
into the third after his check from behind sent forward Dustin
Brown into the boards in front of the Kings' bench.
Avery, who was ejected later in the period, was at the center of
things at 5:21 when he and Senators defenseman Andrej Meszaros were
penalized for a shoving scrum that saw Hasek's helmet come flying
off when he went behind the net to confront Avery.
"I just came to tell him something because I already had the
puck in my glove and he slashed me," Hasek said. "I came behind
the net and he punched me, so he caught me by surprise. But I
didn't want to fight. We were short-handed."
Brian McGrattan was eager to go with Avery, however, and the
Ottawa enforcer caught up with him moments later at 8:18. Avery got
a game misconduct, along with roughing and unsportsmanlinke conduct
penalties. McGrattan got cross-checking and roughing minors and a
Hasek went crashing to the ice at 12:07 after Craig Conroy's
skate hit him in the mask when the Kings center was upended by
Heatley when he passed through the crease.
"I thought they were getting a tripping penalty and then I saw
Hasek laying in the net," said Conroy, who drew a goaltender
interference call, the only penalty on the play. "I had no clue
that I even hit him in the head."
The 6-foot-9 Chara was given an instigating penalty, a fighting
major, a misconduct and a game misconduct.
"Who instigated the fights?" Andy Murray said. "The Chara
fight, Bryan's going to lose 10,000 bucks and Chara is going to be
suspended. For what? And McGrattan goes out and fights Avery -- Sean
Avery played hard tonight. Did he chop anybody? Did he do anything
dirty? I mean, he had a couple of solid hits."
Senators backup Ray Emery replaced Hasek and made three saves to
finish the game, which ended with a scrum behind the Ottawa net.
"I was very concerned that one of their guys would take a run
at Hasek," Bryan Murray said. "He played an outstanding game and
we don't play them again so I'm not sure why they would, but I just
didn't want to take a chance."
Kings C Jeremy Roenick missed his second game of the season
because of the flu. LW Luc Robitaille was a healthy scratch. ...
The Senators ended a six-game winless streak against Los Angeles.
Ottawa's previous win was a 4-3 victory on Jan. 11, 2000.