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Senators 6, Flyers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Senators 6, Flyers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Ottawa Senators 6

OTTAWA (AP) -Dany Heatley appears to be adapting well to playing without injured Ottawa Senators linemate Jason Spezza.

With Spezza sidelined Sunday for the eighth straight game because of a knee injury, Heatley didn't miss a beat against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Heatley had two goals and an assist, and linemate Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and two assists in the Ottawa Senators' 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Chris Kelly, who has replaced Spezza at center, had a goal and an assist.

"You kind of just go with what your line is made up of," said Heatley, who now has five goals in the past three games. "With Kells and Alfie, it's more give-and-go, chip it in and move the puck a little bit more.

"And with Spezz, for me, it's just kind of get open and shoot the puck. It changes a little bit. But I think the biggest reason (for Heatley's hot streak) is everyone's playing better and skating better. It makes the game easier."

The Senators won for the sixth time in their last eight games as rookie Josh Hennessy added his first NHL goal, and Joe Corvo also scored.

Among the crowd of 18,509 at Scotiabank Place was Graham and Lu-Ann Snyder - the parents of former player Dan Snyder. He was Heatley's friend and teammate with the Atlanta Thrashers, who was killed in September 2003 after Heatley's car, which he was a passenger in, crashed in an Atlanta suburb.

Heatley was to meet with the Snyders, who are on a tour of NHL cities to raise money for the Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation, following the game.

"It was good (to have them in attendance)," Heatley said. "They've been on the tour logging the miles, so it will be good to see them after."

Martin Gerber, making a rare home start in place of Ray Emery, made 20 saves, allowing only R.J. Umberger's goal.

Antero Niittymaki made 37 saves for Philadelphia in his 11th straight loss.

"Terrible," was how Flyers coach John Stevens described the outing. "We put up a fight for 10 minutes, then there was no fight after that."

The last time Gerber started at Scotiabank Place was Nov. 13 in a 6-3 loss to Montreal. Since then, he's had to settle for road work and one home relief appearance.

He hadn't appeared in any game in the Senators' past seven outings since beating the Flyers 6-3 on Dec. 23 at Philadelphia.

Niittymaki hadn't seen much action lately, either. He was playing for the first time since Dec. 27 after missing three games because of a hip problem and backing up Robert Esche for two more.

And the Flyers were once again without Peter Forsberg, who continues to be sidelined by injury problems and missed his third straight game with a groin strain. They fell to 0-12-3 without their captain in the lineup this season.

The Senators were coming off a 3-2 loss to New Jersey on Saturday.

Alfredsson opened the scoring less than 7 minutes into the game when Wade Redden's shot bounced off Flyers defenseman Alexandre Picard and fell to the Senators' captain, who was left unchecked at the side of a wide-open net for an easy tap-in. Corvo made it 2-0 late in the period with a blast from the top of the faceoff circle.

Gerber didn't look sharp in allowing the Flyers to cut the lead to a goal early in the second, when his failed poke check in a race to a loose puck gave Umberger an empty net, but Heatley restored the two-goal cushion on a breakaway midway through the period.

Hennessy, who was appearing in his eighth career game after being recalled from Binghamton on Saturday, pounced on a rebound for his first goal before the period was over.

Kelly rounded out the scoring with another drive from the faceoff circle in the third, where Philadelphia's Ben Eager livened things up by spearing Senators' tough guy Brian McGrattan. Eager, an Ottawa native, received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Notes: The Senators are 17-8-7-0 against the Flyers since the 1998-99 season. ... Mike Fisher (knee), Spezza (knee) and Antoine Vermette (hip) all sat out for Ottawa. ... Right winger Stefan Ruzicka was scratched from Philadelphia's lineup.

scoring summary
1st Period
Daniel Alfredsson (12) ASST: Wade Redden (10), Andrej Meszaros (19)
1 - 0 OTT
Joe Corvo (6) ASST: Tom Preissing (17), Daniel Alfredsson (24)
2 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
R.J. Umberger (9) ASST: Ben Eager (4)
2 - 1 OTT
Dany Heatley (24) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (10)
3 - 1 OTT
Joshua Hennessy (1) ASST: Christoph Schubert (10), Anton Volchenkov (11)
4 - 1 OTT
Dany Heatley (25) ASST: Wade Redden (11), Chris Kelly (11)
5 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
Chris Kelly (7) ASST: Dany Heatley (28), Daniel Alfredsson (25)
6 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
Jeff Carter  Holding the stick against  Daniel Alfredsson
David Printz  Hooking against  Christoph Schubert
Joshua Hennessy  Tripping against  R.J. Umberger
2nd Period
Andrej Meszaros  Interference against  Kyle Calder
Dimitri Afanasenkov  Hooking against  Patrick Eaves
3rd Period
Ben Eager  Game misconduct against  Brian McGrattan
Ben Eager  Spearing (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Brian McGrattan
Brian McGrattan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ben Eager
Brian McGrattan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ben Eager
Derian Hatcher  Cross checking against  Anton Volchenkov
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 43TOI: 59:54
Saves: 37EV: 24 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .860SH: 0 - 0
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .952SH: 2 - 2