OTTAWA (AP) -- The new guy on Ottawa's Pizza Line is starting to
Bryan Smolinski joined Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson in
posting a goal and assist each, and Dominik Hasek made 33 saves to
lead the Senators to a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on
Heatley and Alfredsson both scored their team-high 24th goals,
and Smolinski, filling in on Ottawa's top line for injured center
Jason Spezza, got his seventh as the trio combined for six points.
"They're the elite in this league and in the world so I'm not
trying to do anything I'm not supposed to do," Smolinski said.
"You know you've got to step up. Jason has had a rough month here
and I'm keeping it warm for him and just trying to be humble about
it. I'm just happy to be getting some points.
"It's fun playing with those guys. They're awesome players and
good guys, to boot."
Carolina's Erik Cole beat Hasek with 30.4 seconds left in the
second period after Ottawa built a 3-0 lead.
Alfredsson scored against Gerber 10 seconds into the third to
restore the Senators' three-goal margin at 4-1. Schaefer netted
Ottawa's fifth goal just 22 seconds later to chase the Hurricanes
"When you're down two goals, you don't want to start a period
like that," Gerber said.
Chants of "Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!" were heard from the
team-record crowd of 20,050 shortly after rookie Cam Ward took over
The Senators have a promotion that awards a free slice of pizza
to every fan in attendance for a home win in which the team scores
at least six goals.
Ward stopped Chris Phillips on a penalty shot at 12:46 of the
third, but Vermette scored the Senators' second short-handed goal
of the game on a breakaway at 13:55.
"I think I heard a few boos after I missed because they were
going to miss out on their pizza, so I was definitely happy to see
us get the next one," Phillips said.
Ottawa has triggered the pizza promotion in each of its last
three home games, including a 6-2 win over the New York Rangers on
"They might be renegotiating that one at the end of the year,"
Justin Williams scored on Carolina's 10th power-play opportunity
with 20.4 seconds left.
Hasek was the story early as Ottawa spent most of the first
period short-handed, successfully killing six Carolina power plays.
"He gave our guys confidence and he really was probably a
little intimidating to the shooters on the other team," Senators
coach Bryan Murray said. "They were trying to make the perfect
play rather than just shooting the puck at the goaltender."
Senators center Chris Kelly got his team in trouble early when
he jumped on Carolina's Chad Larose, who had been assessed a
delayed penalty for checking Eaves from behind.
Kelly was given an instigating minor, a fighting major, a
misconduct and a game misconduct at 1:46. Ottawa's hole got much
deeper when Zdeno Chara was sent off for tripping at 2:03, but
Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour was called for interfering with
Hasek at 2:56.
A total of 13 penalties and 45 minutes were called in the first,
including eight infractions for 35 minutes against Ottawa.
Hasek made a huge glove save on Eric Staal's backhand among
several big stops while the Senators were short-handed in the
first. Carolina enjoyed 5-on-3 advantages for a total of 2:32 in
the period, yet trailed.
Heatley scored a power-play goal 18:01 in on a setup from
"(Hasek) was great. He held them in there," Williams said.
"We had plenty of chances to score and it didn't go in the net. It
just seems that's the way all the time. You don't score on your
opportunities and they come back and score a power-play goal.
Special teams won them the game."
Carolina dealt Ottawa two of its first three losses this
season but lost its next two games against the Senators to split
the season series. ... Spezza missed his fourth straight game
because of a chest injury. He has 13 goals and 34 assists in 30
games. ... Senators D Brian Pothier sustained a concussion in the
second period and didn't return.