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Senators' No. 1 line shut out in Stanley Cup opener

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The NHL's highest-scoring line got shut out in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson managed only two assists between them in Ottawa's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

The loss left the Senators trailing for the first time in the playoffs.

"We've got to get the puck deep more often," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "We have to create some offense because of that and get their defensemen to give up the line once in a while. Most of the turnovers were by our big line in the middle part of the hockey game."

Ottawa's goals, both on the power play, were scored by Mike Fisher and Wade Redden, who have a combined seven goals in the playoffs. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Anaheim.

The goals were the first for Fisher and Redden since May 12, when each scored against Buffalo in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. And the goals snapped an 0-for-16 drought on the power play over the last three games of the conference finals.

The Senators had been idle for eight days since that series ended, but they started quickly enough, scoring first in the opening two periods.

Still, Spezza said, "We didn't have the jump. It's not easy when you have that many days off."

Alfredsson and Spezza assisted on Redden's goal to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead in the second. But the Senators' top line didn't convert during a 5-on-3 advantage later in the period.

"We had some chances, we hit a post," Spezza said. "We didn't get on the puck as fast. We turned the puck over more than we're used to. Maybe that's a bit of rust."

Of the trio, only Spezza had a shot on goal in the third, when Alfredsson and Heatley were blanked and the Senators were outshot 14-7. In all, the No. 1 line had five shots in the game.

"When we had the lead going into the third, I thought maybe we sat back a little too much and they attacked us," Heatley said. "Our game is an aggressive game where we want to get the puck in and take the play to them and in the third period, they did that to us."

Alfredsson, the team's career leader in playoff goals, assists and points, brought an NHL-leading 10 goals into the finals, including four game-winners. Heatley was a 50-goal scorer in the regular season, and the team leader in playoff points with 21 - one more than Spezza.

"We had a couple of good shifts," Alfredsson said. "But we can do a little bit better with the puck, make some smarter plays. We made it a little bit too easy on them."

Fisher scored the game's first goal on a shot that hit the right post and went in with Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer off for high-sticking in the opening minutes.

Redden scored during a furious flurry in front of the net in the second.

Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost his stick and instead of sliding it toward Giguere, teammate Chris Pronger flung it. A distracted Giguere saw the stick spinning toward him at the same time as the puck.

"Our power play was pretty good, but we made some bad decisions, especially at the lines," Heatley said. "They play a real defensive style and wait for you to turn the puck over and we did too much of that."

Ottawa was held to 20 shots, dropping to 8-1 in playoff games in which it scored first.

After losing a game in each of their three previous series, the Senators bounced back to win the rest of the way.

"It's one game and you have to forget about it," Heatley said. "We're confident. We know what to expect now."

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