OTTAWA (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators' fans are happy their team sticks together
and can overcome a blown lead.
Peter Bondra scored with 7:01 left to lift Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over the
Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Ottawa ended a two-game losing streak before a sellout crowd one night after
combining with Philadelphia to set the NHL record for total penalty minutes in
``The crowd was really supportive from the start, right when we got on the
ice,'' said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who drew his second assist of
the game on Bondra's goal. ``They were really into it and I think they
appreciated what a lot of guys did last night and I think the crowd helped us
and they gave us a lot of energy.''
Ahead 2-0 through two periods on goals by Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer,
Ottawa blew its lead when Andreas Johansson and David Legwand scored to tie it
7:09 into the third.
Bondra, who assisted on Schaefer's power-play goal which gave the Senators a
two-goal lead in the second, restored Ottawa's lead when he scored for the
second straight game at 12:59.
``We kind of put ourselves on our heels after they scored a couple of goals
but we stayed with our gameplan and we finished strong,'' Bondra said. ``We
should take something positive from that.''
Marian Hossa scored into an empty net as the Senators drew even with Toronto
atop the Northeast Division with 86 points. The Maple Leafs, who lost to
Buffalo, have 37 wins _ one more than the Senators.
Ottawa backup Martin Prusek made 25 saves to remain undefeated in five
starts (4-0-1). Prusek played the final 1:45 of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers
after Patrick Lalime was ejected during the brawl-filled final minutes.
Steve Sullivan set up both of Nashville's goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 28
``We showed a lot of team spirit,'' Vokoun said. ``We came out in the third
period and we were down 2-0 and we scored a couple of goals. We were right back
in the game but unfortunately they scored with seven minutes to go and that
The Predators, sixth in the Western Conference and vying for their first
playoff appearance, have lost twice in six games (3-2-1).
``We were right there in the thick of things with less than 10 minutes to go
and that's where we have to learn bear down and not give up goals like that,''
Sullivan said. ``Points are precious and we're in too deep into a dogfight to
be giving up points like that.''
Nashville drew within 2-1 when Johansson scored on a five-on-three on a pass
from Sullivan, who hit the post moments earlier.
Sullivan, who had three points in Thursday's 9-4 win in Pittsburgh, assisted
on Legwand's tying goal at 7:09.
Sullivan has seven goals and 11 assists in 10 games with the Predators since
being acquired from Chicago on Feb. 16.
Both Senators goals were the result of deflections. Fisher tipped
Alfredsson's point shot past Vokoun 8:16 in. Schaefer redirected Brian
Pothier's shot for a power-play goal 3:55 into the second.