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Ottawa at Philadelphia

Senators' top line steps up big to beat Flyers in Philadelphia

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Suddenly the Ottawa Senators are starting to feel good about themselves.

Dany Heatley scored two unusual goals, Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 34 saves to help the Senators win their season-high third straight game, 5-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

"We've beaten two pretty good teams the last couple of days," Heatley said. "We are feeling good about ourselves."

Nick Foligno and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Senators, who still trail Florida by 14 points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Ottawa has 29 games remaining, one more than the Panthers.

Are the Senators daring to think about the playoffs?

"It's definitely not out of the question," said captain Daniel Alfredsson, who picked up an assist and leads the Senators with 49 points. "It's possible. We won the first two games of this road trip. Who knows? We just can't look too far ahead."

Darroll Powe and Mike Richards scored for Philadelphia.

Elliott made 13 saves in the second period, stopping Mike Knuble's deflection and Claude Giroux's breakaway and making a brilliant glove save on Joffrey Lupul.

"Our goaltender was the best player on the ice tonight," said Ottawa coach Cory Clouston, who's 3-1-1 since replacing the fired Craig Hartsburg.

"We've played very well on defense the last three or four games. The offense has struggled but tonight the goals came naturally."

It was Elliott's third consecutive impressive performance. He beat Buffalo 3-2 and 3-1 in his previous two starts, stopping the Sabres on 11 of 12 power plays Wednesday night in Buffalo. The Flyers failed on three power plays.

"Their goalie was great and I didn't have my best night," Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki said. "I think that was the difference."

Heatley was credited with Ottawa's first goal after his shot hit the right post, then bounced off Niittymaki and Flyers winger Scott Hartnell into the net with 1:38 left in the first period. It was Heatley's team-leading 23rd goal.

Spezza made it 2-0 with his 21st goal on a power play at 8:40 of the second. He deflected Brenden Bell's shot with his skate while standing to the left of the net.

Foligno scored with 14 seconds left in the period, taking a pass from Ryan Shannon and ripping a backhander past Niittymaki.

"It was kind of a weird night for us," Lupul said. "It seemed like we had a lot of chances. They got that goal right at the end of the second period. It was a killer for us."

Philadelphia cut it to 3-1 when Powe put in a rebound at 8:00 of the third period.

Heatley scored his second goal at 10:15 when his shot hit the crossbar and bounced straight down into the goal.

"I heard it but I didn't see it," he explained.

Richards made it 4-2 with a wrist shot 39 seconds later, and Vermette scored unassisted at 15:20 after stealing the puck from Jeff Carter.

It was the first time since Nov. 8 that the Flyers dropped back-to-back home games in regulation. Philadelphia lost to Boston, 3-1, on Feb. 4.

Notes

  • Flyers C Richards and LW Scottie Upshall returned after missing three games because of the flu.
  • Ottawa played the second of five consecutive road games that also will take the Senators to Minnesota, Nashville and Colorado.
  • Ottawa D Alexandre Picard (upper body) missed his fifth game in a row.
  • Spezza (3 goals, 2 assists) and Bell (5 assists) extended their points streaks to four games.
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Dany Heatley gets credit for this goal after the puck bounces in off Antero Niittymaki. (US Presswire)
Dany Heatley gets credit for this goal after the puck bounces in off Antero Niittymaki. (US Presswire)
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Scoreboard
Ottawa  (20-25-8) «1225
Philadelphia (28-16-9)0022
Three Stars
D. Heatley
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Elliott
OTT


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18:22Dany Heatley (23), Snap Shot. Assist: Alfredsson, Lee
2ND PERIOD
08:40Power Play - Jason Spezza (21), Slap Shot. Assist: Bell, Kuba
19:46Nick Foligno (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Shannon, Phillips
3RD PERIOD
08:00Darroll Powe (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Upshall, Giroux
10:15Dany Heatley (24), Slap Shot. Assist: Spezza, Vermette
10:54Mike Richards (19), Snap Shot. Assist: Knuble
15:20Antoine Vermette (8), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:52Kuba, 2 min, Holding
02:44Hartnell, 2 min, Interference
04:46Bell, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
07:50Cote, 2 min, Tripping
13:46Heatley, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa108523
Philadelphia12131136
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Brian Elliott60:00342
Antero Niittymaki60:00185
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Ottawa1-for-2
Philadelphia0-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 19679
Referees - Dean Morton, Rob Shick
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Michel Cormier
 
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