Series (Game 1 of 1)

Ottawa leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 19th

Sharks 3

(13-14-3, 31 pts)

Senators 9

(19-8-0, 42 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 19, 2002

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 23
OTT 2 3 49

S. Martins (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

T. White (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Volchenkov (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Sens score season-high nine goals in victory

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

Magnus Arvedson

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.

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