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Ottawa Senators 4, Phoenix Coyotes 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Ottawa Senators 4, Phoenix Coyotes 1 FINAL
Ottawa Senators 4, Phoenix Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators are back in first place.

Spezza scored twice and added an assist, and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist to help the Senators beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 Thursday night.

Ottawa's fourth win in five games lifted the Senators past idle Toronto for the Northeast Division lead and pulled them even with Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference with 66 points.

``It's healthy. We're pushing each other,'' Alfredsson said. ``We've got a great rivalry, a great race in our own division.''

Josh Langfeld added a goal and Brian Smolinski had a pair of assists for the Senators, who raised their road record to 12-6-3-1.

Shane Doan scored his 19th goal for the Coyotes, who lost their second straight and fell to 2-5-1-1 since moving into new Glendale Arena on Dec. 27.

Doan pulled the Coyotes to 2-1 on a power play 26 seconds into the third period, beating goaltender Martin Prusek between the pads from the high slot.

But Spezza tipped Smolinski's pass under goalie Brian Boucher at the top of the crease two minutes later to put Ottawa back in front by two goals.

``They scored on the power play, but we didn't panic,'' Marian Hossa said. ``We played the same game, and that's what you have to do.''

Phoenix coach Bobby Francis pulled Boucher for an extra attacker with 2:38 left, but the Coyotes managed just one shot before Alfredsson scored into the empty net with 58.2 seconds remaining.

``They responded the way you are supposed to after a team scores,'' Doan said. ``We needed to respond after that and we didn't.''

The Senators opened a 1-0 lead at 12:00 of the first period. Spezza fired wide from the right circle, gathered his own rebound off the end boards and beat Boucher with a sharp wrist shot from the right side of the crease.

Ottawa made it 2-0 at 8:58 of the second when Alfredsson's wrist shot from just inside the blue line glanced off Langfeld's arm and into the net.

``They suffocate you,'' Boucher said. ``It's extremely boring to watch and extremely boring to play. They make you do things you don't normally do. You lose your patience.''

scoring summary
1st Period
12:00
OTT
Jason Spezza (16) ASST: Bryan Smolinski (17), Chris Neil (3)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
08:58
OTT
PPG - Josh Langfeld (5) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (30), Wade Redden (18)
2 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
00:26
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (19) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (24), Daymond Langkow (21)
2 - 1 OTT
02:25
OTT
Jason Spezza (17) ASST: Bryan Smolinski (18)
3 - 1 OTT
19:01
OTT
EN - Daniel Alfredsson (22) ASST: Todd White (17)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:30
OTT
Chris Phillips  Tripping against  Daymond Langkow
03:47
PHX
Matthew Spiller  Holding against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
04:33
PHX
Jan Hrdina  Tripping against  Zdeno Chara
07:34
PHX
Matthew Spiller  Holding against  Shaun Van Allen
19:33
OTT
Todd White  Tripping against  Jan Hrdina
3rd Period
09:11
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Tripping against  Tyson Nash
14:10
OTT
Shane Hnidy  Holding against  Daymond Langkow
14:14
PHX
Shane Doan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Josh Langfeld
17:09
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shane Doan
17:09
PHX
Shane Doan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zdeno Chara
goalie stats
Martin Prusek
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 24TOI: 58:24
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0