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Post-game report: Ottawa 3 Philadelphia 2

Saturday, 02.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Post-game report: Ottawa 3 Philadelphia 2

OTTAWA (AP) - Dany Heatley scored 19 seconds into the second period and the Ottawa Senators held on for a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Heatley's 34th goal of the season put Ottawa ahead 3-0 before the Flyers rallied with two goals later in the second to make it close.

Antoine Vermette and Vaclav Varada had first-period goals for the Senators, who won for the first time in three games and head into the Olympic break in first place in the Northeast Division.

Simon Gagne and Donald Brashear scored for Philadelphia, which remained second in the Atlantic, three points behind the first-place New York Rangers.

Robert Esche started in goal for Philadelphia but was replaced at 14:07 of the first after giving up two scores, not for his play but as an attempt by head coach Ken Hitchcock to shake up his team. Ottawa led 2-0 at the time and had a 13-4 edge in shots.

Antero Niittymaki replaced Esche and was solid, stopping 21 of 22 shots. Dominik Hasek had 29 saves for Ottawa.

On Heatley's goal, Patrick Eaves took the initial shot that Niittymaki stopped but Heatley was able to convert the rebound.

Vermette opened the scoring 8:58 into the first when he poked the puck past Esche with defenseman Joni Pitkanen lying on top of him.

Varada made it 2-0 when he fired a shot past Esche after taking a one-handed pass from Chris Neil.

Gagne scored his 37th goal of the season at 13:46 of the second to cut the Flyers' deficit to 3-1 before Brashear registered his third of the season at 16:52 to make it a one-goal game.

Notes: The Senators improved to 11-1-2 on Saturday nights this season, including Hasek's 9-0-1 mark. ... The Senators have sold out their last 19 home dates and have a club-record 25 sellouts in 29 games this season.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 52 11 44 2 55
B. Ryan 51 18 26 -2 44
M. Hoffman 48 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 50 13 23 -14 36
M. Zibanejad 51 10 21 -4 31
K. Turris 46 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 52 12 7 2 19
C. Ceci 45 5 10 -3 15
Z. Smith 51 9 4 5 13
C. Lazar 47 3 9 -3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 20 17 4 .912 2.95
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10