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Spezza breaks Senators' record for fastest goal in 4-2 win over Oilers

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OTTAWA - Jason Spezza set a team record by scoring just 12 seconds into Thursday's game and Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli scored a little more than two minutes apart in the second period to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Just after the opening faceoff, Edmonton's Denis Grebeshkov sent a rink-wide pass to defensive partner Tom Gilbert that missed its mark and bounced off the boards and over Gilbert's stick. The gaffe allowed Spezza to break in alone on Dwayne Roloson and slip a backhander through the goalie's pads.

Daniel Alfredsson held the previous mark for the fastest goal in Ottawa's modern history by scoring 13 seconds into a Feb. 5, 2004, game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place.

Edmonton's loss, coming in the second of a four-game road trip, spoiled the debut of forwards Ales Kotalik and Patrick O'Sullivan, who arrived just before Wednesday's trade deadline via the Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings respectively.

The Senators dealt forward Antoine Vermette to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the deadline exchange for goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick.

However, it was a pair of players acquired in a Feb. 19 deal with the New York Islanders that made the difference.

Comrie, then Campoli, beat Roloson 2:02 apart in the second period to end a three-game winless slide by the Senators (24-29-10) before a crowd of 17,904 at Scotiabank Place, giving Ottawa just its second triumph in the past eight games.

Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist and Spezza also set up a goal.

With the playoffs all but out of the Senators' reach, they dealt a blow to the Oilers' post-season hopes.

Edmonton came into the game in seventh spot in the Western Conference, tied on 68 points with eight-place Nashville and ninth-place Anaheim and having played one less game than the Predators and two less than the Ducks.

The Oilers (31-27-6) ran into a strong performance from Senators rookie goaltender Brian Elliott, who had been struggling with a 0-1-1 record and 5.18 goals-against average in his last five games.

Elliott finished with 24 saves, allowing a pair of goals to Sam Gagner.

Edmonton, coming off a 6-5 overtime loss in Nashville, has just two victories in their past eight games and has not won in Ottawa since March 14, 2002.

Roloson, making his 20th straight start in goal for the Oilers, finished with 28 stops.

The Senators suffered one loss when centre Peter Regin, recalled Wednesday to take Vermette's place in the lineup, limped out of the game in the third period with a lower-body injury and didn't return. His status was not immediately known.

The Oilers gave up Erik Cole and a fifth-round pick to land O'Sullivan after he'd originally been dealt to Carolina. They sent a second-round selection, originally obtained from the Hurricanes, to the Sabres in exchange for Kotalik.

Kotalik, wearing the No. 21, took up a spot at left wing on the Oilers' top line with centre Shawn Horcoff and fellow Czech Ales Hemsky.

On Edmonton's second unit, O'Sullivan, who donned No. 19, skated with Gagner and right-winger Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

Ottawa defenceman and former Oilers captain Jason Smith was honoured before the game for reaching the 1,000 career games played mark on Feb. 17 at Colorado. The Senators presented the 35-year-old with a milestone award from the league and a portrait.

They then went out and got the early jump on the Oilers with Spezza's quick goal to make it 1-0 Senators.

It stayed that way until the opening five minutes of the second when, with a delayed penalty coming to Edmonton, Spezza set up Comrie to make it 2-0. The goal was Comrie's ninth of the season and second since the trade from the Islanders.

Two minutes later, Campoli notched his first in a Senators uniform, scoring on the power play.

Midway through the period with Edmonton enjoying the man advantage, Gilbert and Grebeshkov combined to spring Gagner on a breakaway and he beat Elliott to make it 3-1.

Heatley scored in the third with a one-timer from a sharp angle before Gagner struck late to cut Ottawa's advantage to 4-2.

Notes: Leclaire arrived in Ottawa on Thursday afternoon and was introduced to the Ottawa media before the game. "Getting the chance to play in (this) kind of market coming to Canada, playing in Columbus is not the same vibe at all," said Leclaire, who's recovering from ankle surgery and isn't expected to play this season. "It's a real different vibe and people care about it so much and for a player, it's real exciting." With their new bodies in the lineup, the Oilers scratched forwards Robert Nilsson, Steve MacIntyre and Liam Reddox. Edmonton is in Toronto to face the Leafs on Saturday.

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