Hasek gets 67th shutout as Sens shred Leafs

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Senators' explosive offense caused another
pizza party. Dominik Hasek's latest goaltending milestone would've
been reason enough to celebrate.

Hasek earned his 67th career shutout, and Ottawa's Pizza Line
combined for nine points during a 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple
Leafs on Saturday night in the Senators' 1,000th regular-season

Hasek, who turns 41 on Jan. 29, made 23 saves for his fourth
shutout of the season. He moved ahead of Patrick Roy into a
12th-place tie on the NHL's career blankings list.

"It's always nice to have a shutout, but to play in the NHL,
it's not about shutouts, it's about wins," Hasek said. "I think
we played a great all-around game. It was a great defensive effort,
and on offense we scored seven goals so it was easy to win and nice
to get a shutout."

Ottawa's top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason
Spezza each had three points. Alfredsson scored twice -- the opener
39 seconds in and a short-handed tally -- to give him 29 goals the
season and put the Senators ahead 5-0. Heatley and Spezza, who
missed 12 of 13 games with a chest injury before returning to the
lineup Thursday, each had a goal and two assists.

"I wasn't too happy with my game back against Anaheim," Spezza
said. "My timing wasn't on very much, it didn't feel like it. I
had a good practice (Friday) and I got back together with my
linemates and I felt like my timing was on a little more tonight."

Mike Fisher had two goals, and Peter Schaefer also scored for
Ottawa, which improved to 5-0 against its provincial rivals this

Ed Belfour allowed all seven goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost
their season-high fifth straight after winning seven of eight,
including a season-best six in a row from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

"Right now, I think we're playing a team that's struggling and
lacking confidence big time, and missing some guys," Alfredsson
said. "With the start we got it kind of made them feel like it was
going to be a long night and we made sure we didn't let up on
anything. We did a great job all night."

Toronto, which has been outscored 23-2 in its last three games
against Ottawa, has eliminated the Senators from the playoffs in
four of the last five seasons.

"Our only focus from now on is to turn this thing around,"
Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin said. "We have to get back to
playing the way we did. The way we're playing right now, it hasn't
even been two weeks. Before that we were playing really good hockey
and we could beat any team in the league. We have to climb back to
that, and it's going to take all of us in the dressing room. We
can't look at the standings right now."

Fisher played delivery boy for the second time this season when
he scored the Senators' sixth goal 14:07 into the second which --
combined with the Senators' win -- triggered a restaurant chain's
promotion of a free slice of pizza for everyone in the team-record
crowd of 20,093. He added his second of the game in the third

It was the 10th time in 23 home games that Ottawa has triggered
the promotion, which was raised from five goals to six earlier this

The sellout was a franchise-record 19th in 23 games at the
recently renamed Scotiabank Place.

Heatley scored on a flubbed shot at 17:35 of the first to make
it 2-0. Schaefer got credit for his 11th at 19:31 to put Ottawa up

Spezza, who assisted on Alfredsson's and Heatley's goals in the
first, got his 14th goal 2:31 into the second. Alfredsson's second
of the game, on a breakaway, made it 5-0.

Fisher got his 15th at 14:07 and added his second of the game,
his 16th, at 4:54 of the third.

The Maple Leafs will remain in Ottawa, where they will face the
Senators again on Monday night.

"We can't worry about what the end result is going to be on
Monday, we have to make sure that we come out and work hard and
just worry about the next shift we're on the ice," Sundin said.
"We can't look further ahead than that."

Game notes
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance. ... The
Maple Leafs were outshot 41-23, including 20-5 in the first. ...
Fisher also scored the pizza goal on Dec. 26 in a 6-2 win over the
New York Rangers. Alfredsson and C Bryan Smolinski have each scored
it twice this season. Heatley, RW Chris Neil, D Brian Pothier and C
Antoine Vermette also have "Delivery Boy" goals to their credit.
... Hasek has won each of the five games against Toronto.