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Senators 7, Thrashers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 7, Thrashers 3
Atlanta Thrashers 3, Ottawa Senators 7

OTTAWA (AP) -Although it was the sixth of seven goals by the Ottawa Senators, it was especially satisfying to forward Dany Heatley.

Heatley scored twice, and Antoine Vermette had a goal and two assists in the Senators' 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Nick Foligno, Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Senators, who played their first home game in two weeks. Jason Spezza had two assists.

Ottawa won its fifth straight following a seven-game losing streak. Atlanta has dropped four in a row.

Heatley's second goal came just seconds after he and Corvo stepped out of the penalty box and were sent in on a 2-on-1 break. Corvo passed, Heatley converted.

Heatley was in the penalty box for mouthing off to the referee after Corvo was given a penalty for cross-checking 10 minutes into the third period. The Thrashers had just scored on a 5-on-3 advantage to make the score 5-3. The Senators faced another two-man disadvantage, this time for a full two minutes.

"It's the point in the game where we were a little bit frustrated after getting called for three or four (penalties) in a row," Heatley said. "I was joking with (captain Daniel Alfredsson) that if they scored on that 5-on-3 and they end up tying it up, you're a big goat. So it was nice to get a chance to score that goal."

Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice for the Thrashers, and Eric Perrin added Atlanta's other goal. Marian Hossa had two assists in the loss.

Johan Hedberg started for Atlanta but he was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 24 shots. Kari Lehtonen took over in net and gave up two goals on 19 shots.

Martin Gerber made his second straight start for Ottawa and wasn't tested often as the Thrashers had only six shots in each of the first two periods. He was busier in the third when the Thrashers had 13 shots and enjoyed nearly four minutes of 5-on-3 power-play time.

Ottawa was in control entering the third, holding a 5-2 lead and a 34-12 advantage in shots. The final shot total was 44-25.

Kovalchuk cut Atlanta's deficit to 5-3 with a shot from the point that flew past Gerber during the Thrashers' two-man advantage.

The Senators opened a 2-0 lead on goals by Foligno and Kelly.

Foligno opened the scoring 2:30 in when he lunged from behind the net to swipe in a loose puck in the crease. Chris Neil started the play by putting his own rebound off the post and then off the back of Hedberg.

Eight minutes later, Kelly jammed a pass from Vermette behind Hedberg for a 2-0 lead.

"They come very good at you offensively and we had to be ready for them," Thrashers coach Don Waddell said. "When we gave up that early goal, we became very fragile. We had opportunities to close the gap, and at 5-3 we had the power play and we couldn't score so that was a killer for us."

The Thrashers quickly got that goal back as Kovalchuk beat Gerber with a shot just 9 seconds after Kelly scored.

Meszaros restored the Senators' two-goal lead with a power-play tally four minutes later.

"The start was important for us. I think we took a little bit of their will away and they seemed like they were tired a little bit and we got on them," Spezza said. "We let them in the game a little bit at the end but then we got that big goal from Heater. After that we just sailed in."

Corvo and Heatley gave the Senators a 5-1 lead by the 8:21 mark and sent Hedberg to the bench.

Perrin scored late in the period after taking a nice cross-ice feed from newly acquired Mark Recchi and put a one-timer past Gerber.

Notes: The Senators have scored first in 20 of their 31 games and have an 18-1-1 record in those games. ... Spezza's first assist of the game was the 200th of his NHL career. He leads the NHL with 30 assists. ... The Thrashers have allowed only two power-play goals in nine games.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:30
OTT
Nick Foligno (4) ASST: Chris Neil (6), Christoph Schubert (9)
1 - 0 OTT
10:15
OTT
Chris Kelly (6) ASST: Antoine Vermette (11)
2 - 0 OTT
10:26
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (25) ASST: Todd White (11), Marian Hossa (17)
2 - 1 OTT
14:44
OTT
PPG - Andrej Meszaros (5) ASST: Christoph Schubert (10), Antoine Vermette (12)
3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
01:17
OTT
Joe Corvo (5) ASST: Jason Spezza (29), Wade Redden (13)
4 - 1 OTT
08:21
OTT
Dany Heatley (19) ASST: Jason Spezza (30), Randy Robitaille (4)
5 - 1 OTT
15:49
ATL
Eric Perrin (6) ASST: Mark Recchi (7), Vyacheslav Kozlov (11)
5 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
08:39
ATL
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (26) ASST: Tobias Enstrom (15), Marian Hossa (18)
5 - 3 OTT
12:44
OTT
Dany Heatley (20) ASST: Joe Corvo (13)
6 - 3 OTT
19:00
OTT
Antoine Vermette (6) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (24), Chris Kelly (8)
7 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:45
ATL
Alexei Zhitnik  Hooking against  Shean Donovan
12:46
ATL
Todd White  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
02:25
OTT
Shean Donovan  Hooking against  Ken Klee
03:23
ATL
Marian Hossa  Tripping against  Dean McAmmond
05:58
ATL
Alexei Zhitnik  Tripping against  Daniel Alfredsson
18:58
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Chris Thorburn
3rd Period
03:25
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hi-sticking against  Jim Slater
07:38
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
07:55
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Marian Hossa
10:33
OTT
Joe Corvo  Cross checking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
10:33
OTT
Dany Heatley  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:29
ATL
Eric Boulton  Holding against  Christoph Schubert
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 24TOI: 28:21
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .792SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 20TOI: 31:39
Saves: 18EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 5 - 5
Martin Gerber
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0