Ottawa at Florida

Heatley, Kelly score in third period to wipe out deficit for Senators wire reports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- A third-period comeback was the perfect way to cap a great day for Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators.

Hours after captain Daniel Alfredsson signed a four-year contract extension, Dany Heatley and Chris Kelly scored to help the Senators beat Florida 2-1.

"It makes a big difference," Alfredsson said. "I'm really going to enjoy dinner tonight, I can tell you that, coming back the way we did."

The victory was Ottawa's second straight following a four-game losing streak. Florida beat the Senators 3-1 at Ottawa on Oct. 22.

"We played a strong third period, which is very encouraging," Alfredsson said. "It was a little bit ugly, but a very big win for us."

Keith Ballard scored for Florida, which lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Panthers were shut out 4-0 at St. Louis on Saturday.

Alex Auld, who played for Florida in 2006-07, made 25 saves for Ottawa. He was making his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured Martin Gerber.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots for Florida.

Kelly gave Ottawa the lead at 10:20 when he poked home a loose puck in the crease. Vokoun stopped Chris Neil's wraparound attempt after a turnover behind the Florida net, but the puck stayed loose in the goal-mouth area. Vokoun stopped Jarkko Ruutu's rebound, but Kelly was able to poke the puck through.

Ottawa ended the month of October at 4-5-1, a far cry from its 9-1 start last season. The Senators end their four-game road trip Saturday night at Tampa Bay.

"We wanted to come out on the road and grab some points," Heatley said. "Two out of three is pretty good so far, and we'd like to get back to .500 before we get home."

Florida led 1-0 before Heatley tied the game with a power-play goal at 5:55 of the third period. Heatley skated in from the corner of the offensive zone and beat Vokoun to the short side when he fired a quick wrist shot.

Ballard scored at 14:19 of the first period during a 5-on-3 power play only nine seconds after Jason Smith was called for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass. Ballard beat Auld with a wrist shot to the stick side with Rostislaz Olesz standing right in front of the net.

"You're not going to win in this league with one goal," Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. "We've got some injuries up front, but, hey, at the end of the day, you've got to score to get points in this league. We generated some chances tonight. I don't think we were desperate enough on the forecheck and around the net."

Florida almost added to the lead in the second period when Nathan Horton's wrist shot past Auld's glove bounced off the post.


  • Ottawa has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its 10 games this season.
  • RW Wade Belak got playing time on defense for Florida, which had only five defensemen in uniform.
  • Florida recalled C Shawn Matthias from Rochester of the AHL on Thursday.
  • Florida LW David Booth was scoreless for the seventh consecutive game after scoring three goals in the first two games of the season.
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It's only the second consecutive win for the Senators, but it's big following their four-game losing streak.  (AP)
It's only the second consecutive win for the Senators, but it's big following their four-game losing streak. (AP)
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Three Stars
A. Auld

Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .962
C. Neil

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
K. Ballard

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
14:19Power Play - Keith Ballard (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bouwmeester
05:55Power Play - Dany Heatley (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Alfredsson, Picard
10:20Chris Kelly (1), Wrap Shot. Assist: Neil, Ruutu
Penalty Summary
05:42Skrastins, 2 min, Hooking
13:09Donovan, 2 min, Hooking
14:10Smith, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
08:41Boynton, 2 min, Tripping
19:46Skrastins, 2 min, Hooking
05:18Stillman, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
06:31Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
16:47Booth, 2 min, High-Sticking
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Alex Auld60:00251
Tomas Vokoun59:06292
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