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Senators shooters up 'four' challenge

Thursday, 03.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators shooters up \'four\' challenge

Senators shooters up 'four' challenge

 

Heading into the 14th season in team history, only one Ottawa Senators player had ever registered a four-goal game. In a span of just three days recently, that quickly changed. Dany Heatley had his first four-goal game on Oct. 29 in an 8-0 win in Toronto. Four days later, Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat both had their first four-goal games during a 10-4 win in Buffalo. Those players join former Senator Marian Hossa, who managed the feat during an 8-1 win over Atlanta on Jan. 2, 2003.

 

"Things are just happening for us," Alfredsson said.

 

"We're doing the small things right. It's paying off. We've got some of the hottest players right now."

 

Havlat says there is a bigger picture to look at.

 

"It doesn't matter who is doing the scoring, as long as we win. That's most important. That was my first game in two weeks (after serving a five-game suspension). Scoring on my first shift made it a bit easier. It was a fun game."

 

The scoring feats are a clear indication of the new NHL. Only three players had four-goal games in 2003-04. Alfredsson and Havlat's accomplishments are even more impressive. There have been just three instances in NHL history where teammates have scored four goals in the same game. They are: News Jersey's John Madden and Randy McKay, 9-0 over Pittsburg (Oct. 28, 2000); Montreal's Odie and Sprague Cleghorn, 10-6 over Hamilton (Jan. 14, 1922); and Montreal's Harry Cameron-Newsy Lalonde, 16-3 over Quebec (March 3, 1920).

 

In Ottawa's 10-4 win over Buffalo, only three players scored for Ottawa as Heatley had the other two goals. The last time three players combined for 10 or more goals in one game was Nov. 19, 1983, when Jari Kurri scored five, Wayne Gretzky had three and Willy Lindstrom three in Edmonton's 13-4 win over New Jersey.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93