Ottawa at Montreal

Habs honor Robinson, but Heatley, Spezza spark Senators


MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators are playing at such a high level that they have to set ambitious targets to keep up their prodigious early-season pace.

Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists and Jason Spezza added three assists in Ottawa's 4-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil and Chris Kelly also scored for the Senators, who have lost two of four -- including 3-0 in Toronto on Saturday -- after getting off to a 13-1-0 start.

"Whether we play well or don't play well, we're going to lose a few games this year," Heatley said. "A goal of ours is not to lose two in a row."

Martin Gerber stopped 36 shots for his league-leading 13th victory in 15 starts.

"I think you concentrate on trying to win every game," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "It's a nice thing to say that we don't want to lose two in a row. I remember Buffalo did the same thing last year. I personally don't take too much out of it. I think you've just got to go out and give it everything you have every night."

Guillaume Latendresse and Chris Higgins scored for Montreal, which has lost three of five.

"It may look like we had chances there, but if you want to win against those guys, we have to play a lot tighter defensively," Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said.

Heatley assisted on Neil's goal in the first. He scored his ninth of the season to put Ottawa up 3-1 in the second and assisted on Kelly's goal 1:16 into the third to increase the lead to 4-1.

Spezza had his first points in three games since returning to the lineup after missing six games because of a groin injury.

"Tonight was the night I thought I skated the best and didn't have to think about my groin," Spezza said. "The first two nights I felt like my groin was hindering me still a little bit."

The Canadiens honored Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson before the game. Robinson became the 13th Montreal player to have his number retired by the team when his No. 19 was hoisted to the rafters.

Eaves opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:47 in, and Neil combined with high-scoring linemates Spezza and Heatley to put Ottawa up 2-0 with his third goal at 8:57.

Latendresse cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the second with a power-play goal. The 20-year-old left wing fought off Senators defenseman Christoph Schubert's attempt to stick-check him enough to get off a backhand, which went in off Gerber's pad.

Heatley restored Ottawa's two-goal lead when he beat Cristobal Huet between the pads after receiving Neil's centering pass from the left side of the net.

After Kelly got his fourth goal early in the third to make it 4-1, Higgins got Montreal back within two at 4:31 when he beat Gerber with a wrist shot inside the left post from the right side for his seventh goal.


  • Robinson's No. 19 was painted onto the ice behind both goals. All of the Canadiens players wore "Robinson" No. 19 jerseys during the pre-game ceremony and warmups.
  • The Senators watched the entire ceremony on their bench even though it began one hour before the game was scheduled to begin.
  • Canadiens RW Tom Kostopoulos served his automatic one-game suspension for instigating a fight late in a 7-4 victory against Boston on Saturday.
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Chris Neil puts Ottawa up 2-0 with this shot past Cristobal Huet midway through the first period.  (AP)
Chris Neil puts Ottawa up 2-0 with this shot past Cristobal Huet midway through the first period. (AP)
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Three Stars
D. Heatley

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
C. Neil

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Higgins

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:47Patrick Eaves (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Alfredsson, Christoph Schubert
08:57Chris Neil (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley
10:18Power Play - Guillaume Latendresse (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Patrice Brisebois, Alexei Kovalev
14:35Dany Heatley (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chris Neil, Jason Spezza
01:16Chris Kelly (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza
04:31Christopher Higgins (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Saku Koivu, Mark Streit
Penalty Summary
02:05Markov, 2 min, Hooking
06:21Vermette, 2 min, Hooking
19:43Ryder, 2 min, Hooking
05:07Volchenkov, 2 min, Hooking
09:31Heatley, 2 min, Hooking
11:41Heatley, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:59Grabovski, 2 min, Hooking
18:20Donovan, 2 min, Hooking
08:42Kelly, 2 min, Holding
12:13Smolinski, 2 min, Hooking
17:28Markov, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Martin Gerber60:00362
Cristobal Huet59:21254
Game Information
Attendance - 21273
Referees - Chris Rooney, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Derek Nansen
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