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Dany Heatley scores two more goals, Sens beat Pens 3-1 in Sweden

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Dany Heatley scored two more goals and Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists for the Senators, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 to split their opening weekend series in Sweden.

Heatley, who also had a goal in Ottawa's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, helped the Senators take three of four points during the season-opening European series.

Alex Goligoski spoiled Ottawa goalie Alex Auld's shutout bid with a power-play goal just two seconds before the final buzzer in front of another sold-out crowd of 13,699 at the Globe Arena.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby set up Goligoski's goal.

Heatley gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:07 in the second period. Alfredsson started the play with a pass from the left circle to Jason Spezza just beside the goal. Heatley, left unchecked on the other side, took a pass from Spezza and put the puck between goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's legs.

Heatley scored again at 12:17 of the third, one-timing a slap shot past Fleury from close range. Alfredsson set up the goal with a nice pass.

Antoine Vermette made it 3-0 with 4:10 left of the game, skating in alone and beating Fleury with a low shot.

In the first period, both teams played well defensively. Pittsburgh's power play continued to fizzle, failing twice. In Saturday's opener, the Penguins squandered five straight man-advantage chances in the first period.

This marked the second straight year the NHL began the season in Europe, building off games in 2007 between Los Angeles and Anaheim in London.

The NHL returned to Europe with regular-season openers in both the Swedish and Czech capitals. In Prague, the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning by identical 2-1 scores to sweep that two-game series.

This was the first time in league history two teams began the regular season in Sweden, one of Europe's top hockey nations.

NHL players in Sweden is nothing new. Canada played an exhibition in an adjacent arena to the Globe before heading to Moscow for the last four games in the historic Summit Series in 1972 that had NHL players against the Soviet Union for the first time.

And many clubs, among them Original Six members such as the Montreal Canadiens, the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and teams from the old World Hockey Association have played tournaments in Sweden throughout the years.

Pittsburgh and Ottawa met in last season's playoffs, and the Penguins swept the Senators in four games in the first round en route to the Stanley Cup final. The Senators are 22-36-10 overall in the regular season versus the Penguins.

This marked the second time Pittsburgh played the first two games of the regular season on international ice. The Penguins travelled to Tokyo in 2000-01, splitting a two-game series with the Nashville Predators.

It was the fifth time the NHL began its season outside of North America, with the other openers held in Japan in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and last year's in London.

On Saturday night, Pittsburgh will host the New Jersey Devils in its first game back in the United States, and Ottawa will welcome the Detroit Red Wings.

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