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Los Angeles at Ottawa

Senators rout Kings in game turned ugly with fights

CBS wire reports

OTTAWA -- 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 memories.

Dany Heatley scored twice and Dominik Hasek made 28 saves, leading the Senators to a 5-1 win over the Kings on Friday night in a game featuring several fights during a penalty-filled third period.

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."

Brandon Bochenski, Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa, which was shut out for the first time this season on Thursday in a 3-0 loss in Boston.

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 Alexander Frolov.

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 -- and Fisher.

"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 10-minute misconduct.

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."

Kelly and Kings left wing Jeff Cowan were given fighting majors at 16:31. Just nine seconds later, Senators defenseman Zdeno Chara fought Tim Gleason, a former Ottawa draft pick.

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.
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Ottawa's Mike Fisher and Kings' Sean Avery tangle during a game that turned downright nasty. (AP)
Ottawa's Mike Fisher and Kings' Sean Avery tangle during a game that turned downright nasty. (AP)

Los Angeles (16-10-1)0101
Ottawa  (20-4-0) «2125
Three Stars
D. Hasek

Saves: 14
Save Pct.: .933
Z. Chara

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
D. Heatley

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
07:20Power Play - Brandon Bochenski (2), Slap Shot - Assist: Andrej Meszaros
11:10Power Play - Dany Heatley (18), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Neil and Jason Spezza
07:02Power Play - Pavol Demitra (14), Slap Shot - Assists: Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Frolov
18:25Short - Antoine Vermette (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara
06:09Dany Heatley (19), Slap Shot - Assists: Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips
06:24Mike Fisher (8), Slap Shot - Assists: Peter Schaefer and Brandon Bochenski
Penalty Summary
00:43Spezza: Cross Check - 2 min.
04:11Avery: Fighting - 5 min.
04:11Fisher: Fighting - 5 min.
05:24Norstrom: Tripping - 2 min.
07:52Heatley: Holding - 2 min.
10:21Kostopoulos: Tripping - 2 min.
12:01Visnovsky: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
05:57Pothier: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
17:48Meszaros: Delaying Game - 2 min.
20:00Kostopoulos: Roughing - 4 min.
20:00Schubert: Roughing - 2 min.
00:38Neil: Boarding - 5 min.
00:38Neil: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
05:21Avery: Roughing - 2 min.
05:21Meszaros: Roughing - 2 min.
08:18McGrattan: Cross Check - 2 min.
08:18Avery: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
08:18McGrattan: Roughing - 2 min.
08:18McGrattan: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
08:18Avery: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
12:07Conroy: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
16:31Kelly: Fighting - 5 min.
16:31Cowan: Fighting - 5 min.
16:39Gleason: Fighting - 5 min.
16:39Chara: Fighting - 5 min.
16:39Chara: Instigator - 2 min.
Los Angeles41513 32
Ottawa1098 27
Attendance - 19671
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan Marouelli
Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Jonny Murray
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