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Havlat scores twice in win

OTTAWA (AP) -- The NHL-leading Philadelphia Flyers came up short
again against the Ottawa Senators.

Martin Havlat scored twice to help Ottawa end Philadelphia's
12-game unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory Monday night.

Ottawa has eliminated Philadelphia, a point ahead of Vancouver
in the overall standings, from the playoffs the last two seasons.

"I think there are some psychological issues that need to get
dealt with," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Whether we've got
to draw them out or whatever, I think those are real and they've
got to get dealt with.

"If we want to be a championship team, we cannot pretend that
the psychological issues are going to be hidden. ... They are
preventing people from performing at their best."

Philadelphia, 10-0-2 in November, has lost just three times in
regulation and hadn't been defeated since a 3-2 loss in New Jersey
on Oct. 30.

Havlat opened the scoring early in the second period, the first
time the Senators have scored the first goal in a game since Nov.
3. He made it 2-0 late in the period with a power-play goal.

"We haven't been starting very well," Senators center Shaun
Van Allen. "We're always behind the 8-ball, and you have to put so
much energy just to come back and tie. It's so much easier for the
team that scores first."

Flyers captain Keith Primeau scored a short-handed goal early in
the third, beating goalie Martin Prusek on a two-on-one rush with
defenseman Eric Weinrich while Ottawa was on a two-man advantage.

Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov restored Ottawa's two-goal
lead midway through the period, scoring his first goal of the
season off a centering pass from Marian Hossa.

The Senators were denied a goal with 4:18 remaining when a video
review determined that Hossa's pass in front on a power play was
kicked in by Radek Bonk at the edge of the crease.

Daniel Alfredsson scored into an empty net with 1:16 left.

Ottawa improved to 3-4-0-2 in its last nine games.

"I think it's always a close game against them," Alfredsson
said. "It's two really good teams that have been playing really
well defensively the last few years. This year, they're the much
better team than us so far, but we play them really tight every
time we play them."

Prusek made 31 saves, starting in place of Patrick Lalime, who
fell ill with the flu prior to the game.

"It was a big effort from everyone," Alfredsson said. "We
know Philadelphia pretty good, and they know us pretty good. I
thought our goaltender was better tonight and we scored our goals
at the right time."

Neither of Havlat's goals came on direct shots on goal.

On the first, Havlat's attempted pass to Bonk struck Weinrich's
right skate and was redirected past goalie Robert Esche into an
open left side.

Havlat made it 2-0 just four seconds after Ottawa failed to
score on a four-on-three power play. With the puck behind the goal
line, Havlat fired the puck into the crease at Esche, banking the
puck into the net off the goalie's right pad.

"I never saw the puck," Esche said. "Once I heard it hit the
boards, it was already coming out. (Havlat) made a good play and
banked it off me. It was a fluky goal. Obviously, I'm not happy
with any goal I give up, but that happens."

Game notes
The Flyers have held their opponents scoreless through the
first period in 16 of 23 games. ... Philadelphia has allowed the
opening goal just eight times. It was the only the seventh time
Ottawa has opened the scoring.