Series (Game 1 of 4)

New Jersey leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 21st
Game 2: Friday, November 17th
Game 3: Saturday, January 6th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 3rd

Devils 1

(4-3-1, 9 pts)

Senators 8

(3-4-0, 6 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
NJ 1 0 01
OTT 2 5 18

C. Neil (Senators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

J. Spezza (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Vermette (Senators - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Senators end five-game home winless streak in style 

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators ended their season-opening home losing streak in a big way against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.

Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond each scored two goals to help the Senators rout the Devils 8-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in five homes games.

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Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur was pulled from the Devils' game in Ottawa at 13:57 of the second period after matching a career high by allowing six goals. It was the ninth time that Brodeur has allowed six goals in a regular-season game in his 14-year NHL career. Six of those nine games have come since the start of last season (four times in 2005-06, twice this season). Only one other netminder has allowed six or more goals in a game over the last two seasons as often as Brodeur: Olaf Kolzig, who did it for the seventh time in Washington's 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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Jason Spezza added a goal and two assists, and Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the Senators, 1-4-0 at home and 3-4-0 overall.

"We know it's just one game and we have to keep working," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Right now it feels great, especially to win at home and the way we played."

Ray Emery made 34 saves for his second win of the season, while Brodeur allowed six goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Scott Clemmensen midway through the second period. Clemmensen gave up two goals on 12 shots.

"It was a tough night for everybody," Brodeur said. "All the goals they worked hard for."

The last time the Devils gave up eight goals was in December 1993.

"They made us pay for every mistake we made," Devils coach Claude Julien said. "We have nobody else to blame but ourselves."

Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for the Devils.

With a total of 13 different players picking up points, the Senators finally started to resemble last season's powerhouse.

"We relaxed a little bit and started making the plays that people are used to seeing us make," Spezza said. "To get everybody in on it allows you to grip the stick a little less tightly from now on."

Spezza opened the scoring with a power-play goal, just Ottawa's second of the season with the man advantage, midway through the first period.

Gionta tied it with just over 5 minutes remaining in the period, taking advantage of an Ottawa turnover at its blue line. But 2 minutes later, Heatley restored the lead by tipping Tom Preissing's point shot.

The second period opened with a flurry of chances at both ends, with the Senators breaking the game open with five straight goals.

"Anytime you're in this business and you're trying to teach, at the end of the session you have to get some rewards as a player," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "Tonight they got some and hopefully that reinforces what we're trying to do."

Game notes

Ottawa LW Peter Schaefer missed the game because of a hip flexor and LW Denis Hamel was a healthy scratch ... The Devils were without D Alex Brooks (healthy scratch), C Travis Zajac (general soreness) and LW Dan LaCouture (healthy scratch).

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