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Alfredsson rallies Senators past Wild

Feb 15, 2009 - 4:51 AM
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Captain Daniel Alfredsson's shorthanded heroics kept the Ottawa Senators rolling.

Alfredsson scored a goal and set up one while shorthanded and Alex Auld stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief as the Senators rallied for their fourth straight win Saturday, a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Defenseman Chris Phillips netted a shorthanded tally, Antoine Vermette and All-Star Dany Heatley recorded a goal and an assist apiece and rookie blue-liner Brian Lee also scored for Ottawa, which scored five unanswered goals to extend its longest winning streak of the season.

"Obviously, they came out really strong," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "They capitalized on their chances. We had to make some adjustments in the second, after the first intermission. Credit to the guys, they made the adjustments, what we wanted them to do, and it worked."

Owen Nolan tallied twice and added an assist in the first period as the Wild built a 3-0 lead, chasing starting goaltender Brian Elliott with 6:47 remaining in the session.

"It's obviously not good enough to get three goals in the first period and basically just disrespect the other team," Nolan said. "We felt the game was in hand. They came out to work the next two periods and gave it to us.

"There is no reason for the outcome tonight. We were up three goals, and the way we are capable of playing, that should've been good enough."

Lee started the comeback with 7:21 remaining in the second period and Vermette cut the deficit to 3-2 less than four minutes later.

"They score, it's 3-1, and the force changed sides," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Now they get confidence."

Vermette received a centering pass from Chris Kelly in the slot and fired a wrist shot past All-Star netminder Niklas Backstrom on the stick side with 3:26 left.

Ottawa tied the contest at 3-3 with 59 seconds remaining in the middle session after Nick Foligno was whistled for roughing.

Alfredsson led a 2-on-1 rush and feathered a pass under Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky's stick to Phillips, who deked to the backhand and tucked a shot between the pads of Backstrom.

"My intention was to shoot, but the defenseman came right over to me and I had to make the pass," Alfredsson said. "And that was quite the finish (by Phillips). That was obviously a huge goal for us to tie it up. We had all the momentum when we went into the third, and we used it."

Backstrom, who stopped 16 shots, was replaced by Josh Harding to start the third period, but that did not deter Alfredsson.

With Jarkko Ruutu in the penalty box for interference, Alfredsson led another odd-man rush but finished it himself this time. He blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle that trickled past Harding at 2:29 of the final session, snapping the 3-3 tie.

"It's a big lift for a team that, for the most part this year, has struggled," Phillips said.

Heatley added an empty-netter with 21 seconds to play, securing the win for the Senators.

"This is a group that believes right now," Clouston said.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard collected a goal and assist while James Sheppard set up two tallies for the Wild, who never had squandered a three-goal lead and lost at the Xcel Energy Center since joining the NHL in 2000.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0 3 2 5
    MINNESOTA 3 0 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 13 (OWEN NOLAN, JAMES SHEPPARD)
    1:15
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 14 (BRENT BURNS, MARC-ANDRE BERGERON)
    9:11
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 15 (JAMES SHEPPARD, PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD)
    13:13
    2ND PRD: OTT - BRIAN

    Feb 14 10:27 PM


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    OTTAWA 5
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - (EN) DANY HEATLEY 25 (JASON SPEZZA) 19:39

    Senators 5, Wild 3  3rd - 0:21Feb 14 10:26 PM
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    OTTAWA 4
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: OTT - (SH) DANIEL ALFREDSSON 17 (UNASSISTED) 2:29

    Senators 4, Wild 3  3rd - 17:31Feb 14 10:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 3 3
    MINNESOTA 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 13 (OWEN NOLAN, JAMES SHEPPARD)
    1:15
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 14 (BRENT BURNS, MARC-ANDRE BERGERON)
    9:11
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 15 (JAMES SHEPPARD, PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD)
    13:13
    2ND PRD

    Feb 14 9:36 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 3
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: OTT - (SH) CHRIS PHILLIPS 5 (DANIEL ALFREDSSON) 19:01

    Senators 3, Wild 3  2nd - 0:59Feb 14 9:35 PM


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    OTTAWA 2
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: OTT - ANTOINE VERMETTE 9 (CHRIS KELLY) 16:34

    Senators 2, Wild 3  2nd - 3:26Feb 14 9:32 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: OTT - BRIAN LEE 2 (ANTOINE VERMETTE, DANY HEATLEY) 12:39

    Senators 1, Wild 3  2nd - 7:21Feb 14 9:22 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0
    MINNESOTA 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 13 (OWEN NOLAN, JAMES SHEPPARD)
    1:15
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 14 (BRENT BURNS, MARC-ANDRE BERGERON)
    9:11
    MIN - OWEN NOLAN 15 (JAMES SHEPPARD, PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD)
    13:13
    SHOTS O

    Feb 14 8:46 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    MINNESOTA 3
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 15 (JAMES SHEPPARD, PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD)
    13:13

    Senators 0, Wild 3  1st - 6:47Feb 14 8:34 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 14 (BRENT BURNS, MARC-ANDRE BERGERON)
    9:11

    Senators 0, Wild 2  1st - 10:49Feb 14 8:25 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 13 (OWEN NOLAN, JAMES SHEPPARD)
    1:15

    Senators 0, Wild 1  1st - 18:45Feb 14 8:13 PM
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