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Sens score season-high nine goals in victory

12/20/2002

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators are making their surge to the
top of the Eastern Conference look easy.

Magnus Arvedson scored twice, and Daniel Alfredsson had four
assists as Ottawa beat the San Jose Sharks 9-3 Thursday night.

Despite being outshot 33-23, the Senators had their highest
scoring game of the season to win their second straight.

Ottawa, which won 3-0 in New Jersey on Wednesday, has gone
14-2-3 since a 7-1 loss in Boston on Nov. 9. The Senators tied the
Bruins -- who lost 5-3 in Washington -- for first overall in the
conference with 42 points.

"We know it's not easy to do and I think we remind ourselves
before we go out every game,'' Alfredsson said. "We want to give
ourselves a chance to win every night. We know we're going to go
through streaks where we're not going to be as successful, but
putting a streak like this together the last 20 games it allows you
to come over those slumps and bounce back.''

Anton Volchenkov had a goal and two assists for the Senators,
who also got goals from Marian Hossa, Wade Redden, Martin Havlat,
Steve Martins, Mike Fisher and Todd White.

"We were very surprised because they've been playing pretty
solid hockey lately,'' White said. "It was just one of those
nights where the puck was going in for us, and even though they
outshot us, we were capitalizing on our chances.''

Ottawa got out to a 2-0 lead 4:24 in as Hossa and Redden scored
31 seconds apart.

"We seemed to get shaken up by that,'' Sharks coach Ron Wilson
said. "After 10 minutes, I thought we would settle down, but we
didn't. You lose 2-1, you lose 9-3 -- you still lost.''

The Senators added three in the second before scoring four more
in the third for the team's highest-scoring game since setting a
franchise record for goals in an 11-5 win at Washington on Nov. 13,
2001.

"We did score a lot of easy goals and everything went our
way,'' Alfredsson said. "I think the good start helped us have
that luck.''

Marco Sturm, Teemu Selanne and Patrick Marleau scored for the
Sharks, who played their third road game in four nights. San Jose
is 1-1-0-1 so far on a five-game trip.

"We weren't very sharp -- our intensity was down,'' Sharks
center Vincent Damphousse said. "We've got a lot of games in a
short span so we can't afford to dwell on it.''

The Senators led 2-1 after the first, and then got goals from
Havlat and Arvedson on their eighth and ninth shots of the game to
chase Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov 4:20 into the second.

Martins, recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Monday, beat
Miikka Kiprusoff with the Senators' 10th shot at 12:29 to make it
5-1.

Fisher, Volchenkov and Arvedson scored early in the third to
make it 8-1 before Selanne scored his 17th at 11:29.

Ottawa got its ninth goal when White scored a power-play goal at
14:51 before Marleau scored his 15th with 2:10 remaining to close
out the scoring.

Game notes
The Sharks are 4-2-0-1 since Wilson was hired Dec. 4. ...
The Senators' previous high-scoring game of the season was a 6-2
win in Washington on Nov. 29. ... Redden, who assisted on White's
goal, played his 500th regular-season game. White, Martins and Jody
Hull also had two-point games. ... Martin Prusek improved to 5-0 as
he made his fifth start of the season in place of Patrick Lalime,
who got his second shutout of the season the night before. ...
Aside from Prusek, only five Senators failed to register a point,
including center Shaun Van Allen, who ended a four-game
goal-scoring streak.