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OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators' power play unit is working as well as ever now that they've got one of their key components back in the lineup.

Wade Redden had two goals and two assists and the Ottawa Senators scored three power-play goals in the opening period to beat the New York Rangers 6-2 on Monday night.

Redden, who scored a career-high four points, set up power-play goals by Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson before scoring his sixth of the season on another man advantage at 12:27 to put Ottawa up 3-2. He added his second goal of the game - his seventh of the season - late in the second.

``I don't think of anything too flashy, just get the puck at the net,'' Redden said. ``We've got a lot of other great players up front, too, that make things happen.''

Redden has three goals and six assists in four games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for the previous 10.

``When he was out you could really tell how much we missed him,'' Alfredsson said. ``He's one of the best defensemen in the world, I think, and probably very underrated. He jumpstarts a lot of our offense, not just our power play, but obviously he's one of the keys on our power play as well.''

Jaromir Jagr didn't come out for the third period because of neck spasms after he was involved in a thundering open ice collision with Senators forward Chris Kelly in the second.

``I didn't feel it right away but when the game went on after that it got a little stiff and I couldn't move it any more,'' Jagr said.

Anton Volchenkov scored the Senators' fourth goal on 15 shots at 14:58 of the first, chasing Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes, who was replaced by rookie Henrik Lundqvist.

``It was just nasty,'' Weekes said.

Ottawa moved ahead of idle Detroit atop the league's overall standings with 53 points. The Senators won their second in a row after losing five of seven (2-2-3).

Martin Straka and rookie Petr Prucha scored for New York, which took a 2-1 lead 7:51 in. The Rangers lost for the fourth time in five games.

Bryan Smolinski centered Ottawa's top line of Alfredsson and Heatley and had a pair of assists as Jason Spezza missed his third straight game because of a chest contusion.

``Bryan played very hard tonight, very well,'' Senators coach Bryan Murray said. ``He was moving the puck and he was very responsible. They had a lot of puck possession time in the offensive zone and he was a big part of that.''

The Senators converted three of four opportunities with the man advantage just over midway through the first.

Heatley got his 23rd goal 2:13 in when he put Weekes' second rebound into an open right side.

Straka tied it 0:43 later.

Prucha put New York ahead 2-1 at 7:51 when he came out from behind the net to beat Hasek with a shot inside the right post for his 17th goal.

With Rucinsky already in the penalty box, Rangers defenseman Tom Poti was sent off for cross-checking at 11:25.

Ottawa needed just five seconds to take advantage of the ensuing 5-on-3 as Alfredsson drove a point shot past Weekes for his 23rd goal.

Redden restored the Senators' lead 57 seconds later, benefitting from Dominic Moore's poor clearing attempt up the middle to beat Weekes with an unassisted effort at 12:27.

Volchenkov ended Weekes' outing with an even strength goal at 14:58.

``Kevin was fine,'' Rangers coach Tom Renney said. ``I thought it was more an opportunity to wake up 18 guys and get ourselves back in the hockey game by doing what we have to do in terms of managing the puck, and maybe give yourself to play 5-on-5 hockey or better.''

Notes: Rangers C Michael Nylander returned to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for Thursday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. ... Lundqvist made 16 saves, including a big glove save off Alfredsson, who shot on a 2-on-1 with Heatley 12:00 into the second. ... The Senators wore their black uniforms. They have won each of their five home games when they have worn their third jersey. ... The Senators have scored at least six goals in five of their 14 wins in 17 home games.

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