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Edmonton had played seven straight OTs

3/15/2004

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers were relieved they
didn't have to work overtime for a win Sunday night.

"Seven overtimes -- that's enough," Radek Dvorak said after
scoring to spark the second-period rally that lifted the Oilers to
a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, snapping Edmonton's
NHL-record consecutive overtime streak at seven games.

"It's been tough for us mentally and physically," Ethan Moreau
said about the streak, which began Feb. 29 and broke the record
of five straight overtime games set by seven teams on eight
occasions.

"It was good for us to hold onto the lead tonight," added
Moreau, who followed Dvorak's tying goal midway through the second
period with the go-ahead goal 45 seconds later. "Especially
against that team. They're pretty intimidating up front."

Raffi Torres scored later in the second period for the Oilers,
3-0-2-3 in their last eight games for a total of 11 points.

The Oilers, whose last regulation win was a 7-2 victory in
Phoenix on Feb. 27, remained 10th in the Western Conference, five
points behind Los Angeles and the final playoff spot.

Martin Havlat had the lone goal for the Senators, 3-4 in their
last seven and fourth in the Eastern Conference with 90 points.

"We played pretty good in the first, but we knew we didn't have the energy we had last night," said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose team won 3-1 in Vancouver on Saturday night. "They played well. They played more desperately than us.

"For a tired hockey club, you've got to keep it more simple
than we did tonight."

Trailing 1-0, Edmonton scored two quick goals and added a
power-play goal six minutes later to take a 3-1 lead.

"Obviously, that was the turning point," said Petr Nedved, who picked up a loose puck in the corner and centered it to Dvorak, who spun around and backhanded his 13th of the season over Martin Prusek's pad to make it 1-1.

Moreau put Edmonton up 2-1 with his 17th goal. Georges Laraque
passed the puck to Shawn Horcoff in the corner, and Horcoff fed
Moreau in front. Prusek stopped the first shot, but Moreau banged
in his own rebound.

Horcoff's assist extended his scoring streak to five games.

Bryan Smolinski nearly pulled the Senators even on the next
shift, but Ty Conklin moved across the crease quickly to block
Smolinski's point-blank attempt with his leg.

"Right after we made it 2-1, they came back," Edmonton coach
Craig MacTavish said about the play. "Ty made an unbelievable
save. If it's 2-2, it's a different hockey game. That really
energized our bench."

Torres made it 3-1 with his 20th goal of the season, his fifth on a power play. His bad-angle shot, from just above the goal line, hit Prusek and trickled into the net.

Nedved picked up an assist on the goal, his second of the game. He scored twice in Edmonton's 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Havlat opened the scoring with his 28th of the season in the
first period. Wade Redden's shot went wide and bounced off the end
boards. Jason Spezza centered the rebound to Havlat, who picked the
top left corner behind Conklin from the slot.

Ottawa finished with just 13 shots, its lowest total of the season.

"It's not easy when you don't have much offense," said
Alfredsson, "and they did a good job protecting their lead."

Game notes
Oilers winger Ales Hemsky was a healthy scratch for the
second straight game, and center Mike York missed his third in a row
with a finger injury. ... Edmonton is 7-1-1-2 in its last 11 home
games. ... Ottawa defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn missed his seventh
straight game with a groin strain. He's day-to-day. ... Prusek was
unbeaten in six heading into Sunday's game. ... Alfredsson failed
to earn a point, snapping his scoring streak (four goals, seven
assists) at seven games.