The surging Senators have 10 wins in 12 games, and their 98
points puts them five points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the
Northeast Division. They also moved two points ahead of the
Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern
Emery continued his solid play as Ottawa's top netminder while
Dominik Hasek recovers from a groin injury sustained last month in
the Olympics. The rookie is 9-1-1 since the Olympic break.
"He's a very challenging guy who is very athletic," Chara
said. "He grabbed his opportunity. Dominik is out and he's
obviously now our No. 1 goalie. Ray is going to get a lot of games
and he's going to feel confident going into the playoffs."
Emery is enjoying the spotlight and the pressure of trying to
win the conference title.
"We're in a battle with Buffalo for the top spot in the
division and with Carolina for top spot in the conference," Emery
said. "It's an exciting time of the year. With those teams not
slipping up very much, we can't afford to either. We've been
playing really solid since the break and I thought we were really
That patient play frustrated the Devils, who are struggling to
get points and goals. New Jersey has dropped three of its last
four, scoring only six goals in that span. The Devils failed to
cash in on four power-play chances against Ottawa and are 0-for-18
on the power play over the last four games.
"He certainly did play well," Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said
of Emery. "I thought we made him look good at times by not being
sharp. Take nothing away from him. That's an excellent hockey team
we played tonight."
The Devils' top line of Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian
Gionta had a frustrating night. They combined for 13 of the Devils'
22 shots with Elias getting eight.
"Our line has to score," Gomez said. "We'll take some of the
blame, in fact most of it. As a line, we're getting opportunities.
We need to score."
After a scoreless first period, Heatley gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead
at 4:08 of the second. Heatley carried the puck into the Devils'
zone and fed a cross-ice pass to Daniel Alfredsson. The return pass
glanced off New Jersey defenseman Colin White and went right to
Heatley for his team-leading 39th goal.
In the third, Emery made six saves to preserve his third
shutout. The key stop came against Elias who split the Ottawa
defense for a dead-on shot with 2:25 remaining.
Chara closed out the scoring with a 5-on-3 goal with 55 seconds
Devils RW Viktor Kozlov was a healthy scratch for a second
straight game. ... Senators C Mike Fisher missed his second
consecutive because of a sprained right ankle. ... Emery is
unbeaten in two starts against the Devils.
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Arena: IZOD Center Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referees: Dave Jackson, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 14,681 (77.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Dany Heatley (39)
(Power Play) Assist: Daniel Alfredsson
Patrick Eaves (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrej Meszaros, Bryan Smolinski
Antoine Vermette (17)
Assist: Chris Kelly
Zdeno Chara (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza