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game recap

Senators 8, Devils 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:41 AM

Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) -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 five homes games.

Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, and Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the Senators, 1-4-0 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 5 minutes remaining in the period, taking advantage of an Ottawa turnover at its blue line. But 2 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."

Notes: 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).

scoring summary
1st Period
09:06
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (3) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Corvo (1), Patrick Eaves (3)
1 - 0 OTT
14:17
NJD
Brian Gionta (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Zach Parise (3)
1 - 1 Tie
16:05
OTT
Dany Heatley (2) Tip-in - ASST: Tom Preissing (2), Jason Spezza (2)
2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
07:36
OTT
Antoine Vermette (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Neil (1), Mike Fisher (1)
3 - 1 OTT
08:26
OTT
Joe Corvo (1) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (4), Dean McAmmond (2)
4 - 1 OTT
13:25
OTT
Tom Preissing (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (5), Jason Spezza (3)
5 - 1 OTT
13:57
OTT
Antoine Vermette (2) Tip-in - ASST: Anton Volchenkov (1), Mike Fisher (2)
6 - 1 OTT
19:03
OTT
Dean McAmmond (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Chris Phillips (1), Daniel Alfredsson (5)
7 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
04:41
OTT
Dean McAmmond (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Anton Volchenkov (2), Chris Kelly (1)
8 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Boarding against  Zach Parise
06:14
NJD
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
06:14
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
08:25
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Slashing against  Chris Phillips
17:06
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Scott Gomez
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:41
OTT
Wade Redden  Tripping against  Jamie Langenbrunner
10:12
OTT
Chris Phillips  Roughing against  Jamie Langenbrunner
10:12
NJD
Brian Gionta  Tripping against  Anton Volchenkov
10:12
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Roughing against  Chris Phillips
17:08
NJD
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Christoph Schubert
17:08
NJD
Mike Rupp  Misconduct (10 min) against  Christoph Schubert
17:08
NJD
Cam Janssen  Boarding against  Brian McGrattan
17:08
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 26TOI: 33:57
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 12TOI: 26:03
Saves: 10EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Ray Emery
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 31 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0