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Vermette, McAmmond lead Senators in 8-1 thumping of Devils

CBS wire reports

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators ended their season-opening home losing streak in a big way against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.

Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond each scored two goals to help the Senators rout the Devils 8-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in six homes games.

Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, and Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the Senators, who are 1-5-0 at home and 3-4-0 overall.

"We know it's just one game and we have to keep working," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Right now it feels great, especially to win at home and the way we played."

Ray Emery made 34 saves for his second win of the season, while Brodeur allowed six goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Scott Clemmensen midway through the second period. Clemmensen gave up two goals on 12 shots.

"It was a tough night for everybody," Brodeur said. "All the goals they worked hard for."

The last time the Devils gave up eight goals was in December 1993.

"They made us pay for every mistake we made," Devils coach Claude Julien said. "We have nobody else to blame but ourselves."

Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for the Devils.

With a total of 13 different players picking up points, the Senators finally started to resemble last season's powerhouse.

"We relaxed a little bit and started making the plays that people are used to seeing us make," Spezza said. "To get everybody in on it allows you to grip the stick a little less tightly from now on."

Spezza opened the scoring with a power-play goal, just Ottawa's second of the season with the man advantage, midway through the first period.

Gionta tied it with just over five minutes remaining in the period, taking advantage of an Ottawa turnover at its blue line. But two minutes later, Heatley restored the lead by tipping Tom Preissing's point shot.

The second period opened with a flurry of chances at both ends, with the Senators breaking the game open with five straight goals.

"Anytime you're in this business and you're trying to teach, at the end of the session you have to get some rewards as a player," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "Tonight they got some and hopefully that reinforces what we're trying to do."


  • Ottawa LW Peter Schaefer missed the game because of a hip flexor and LW Denis Hamel was a healthy scratch.
  • The Devils were without D Alex Brooks (healthy scratch), C Travis Zajac (general soreness) and LW Dan LaCouture (healthy scratch).
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Patrick Eaves celebrates one of the Senators' eight goals in the home rout of the Devils.  (AP)
Patrick Eaves celebrates one of the Senators' eight goals in the home rout of the Devils. (AP)
New Jersey (4-3-1)1001
Ottawa  (3-4-0) «2518
Three Stars
C. Neil

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
J. Spezza

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Vermette

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
09:06Power Play - Jason Spezza (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Joe Corvo, Patrick Eaves
14:17Brian Gionta (7), Snap Shot - Assist: Zach Parise
16:05Dany Heatley (2), Snap Shot - Assist: Tom Preissing
07:36Antoine Vermette (2), Snap Shot - Assists: Chris Neil, Mike Fisher
08:26Joe Corvo, Snap Shot - Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Dean McAmmond
13:25Tom Preissing, Snap Shot - Assists: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza
13:57Antoine Vermette (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Anton Volchenkov, Mike Fisher
19:03Dean McAmmond (2), Tip-In - Assists: Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson
04:41Dean McAmmond (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson
Penalty Summary
02:39Neil: Boarding - 2 min.
06:14Janssen: Fighting - 5 min.
06:14McGrattan: Fighting - 5 min.
08:25Langenbrunner: Slashing - 2 min.
17:06Kelly: Hooking - 2 min.
09:41Redden: Tripping - 2 min.
10:12Langenbrunner: Roughing - 2 min.
10:12Phillips: Roughing - 2 min.
10:12Gionta: Tripping - 2 min.
17:08Janssen: Boarding - 2 min.
17:08Janssen: Fighting - 5 min.
17:08McGrattan: Fighting - 5 min.
New Jersey616426
Martin Brodeur33:57206
Scott Clemmensen26:03102
Ray Emery60:00341
Game Information
Attendance - 19166
Referees - Dan Marouelli, Craig Spada
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Lyle Seitz
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