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Senators 5, Thrashers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Senators 5, Thrashers 1
Atlanta Thrashers 1, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA - Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists and the Ottawa Senators got first-period goals from each member of the Pizza Line in a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Heatley opened the scoring with his 13th goal 1:18 into the first and set up goals by linemates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson later in the period.

Brendan Bell added his first goal in six games with Ottawa in the second, and Alex Auld stopped 22 shots.

The Senators improved to 3-1-2 in their last six games following a skid that saw them lose four straight in regulation.

Eric Boulton scored his first goal in 47 games for Atlanta, which lost 5-4 in Montreal on Tuesday night. The Thrashers have lost five in a row (0-4-1) and eight of nine.

Boulton scored his first goal in 47 games 1:35 after Heatley's goal to draw Atlanta even. Spezza got his eighth goal on a power play at 6:12 to restore Ottawa's lead.

Alfredsson, who assisted on Heatley's goal, made it 3-1 when he scored his seventh goal at 15:31. The Ottawa captain recovered the puck with his backhand after Heatley flicked it ahead and moved it to his forehand before slipping it under Ondrej Pavelec's left pad.

Bell scored Ottawa's second power-play goal 18:54 into the second for his first NHL goal since Jan. 20.

Donovan added the Senators' fifth goal 16:29 into the third.

Many spectators in the Scotiabank Place crowd of 17,215 got a shock when they witnessed a 21-year-old man falling about 25 feet from the 300-level seating to the level below during the second intermission.

According to Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar, the young man, who was not inebriated, tripped over a purse and sailed headfirst past and over a few stunned onlookers in the rows ahead of his seat before clearing the low railing at the bottom of the 300-level and falling onto a woman in the level immediately below.

Mlakar said neither spectator was seriously injured in the mishap, with both being taken to Queensway-Carleton Hospital as a precaution. Both suffered lacerations, he added, with the woman also dealing with a "somewhat stiff neck" but "it appears to be not serious at all."

"Naturally, all of these people are somewhat startled," said Mlakar. "It's never happened before in 13 years of Scotiabank Place (being open)."

Notes: Thrashers D Mathieu Schneider missed his second straight game because of an upper body injury ... The Senators' top line acquired its nickname from a pizza chain promotion that originally kicked in when Ottawa scored five goals in a game. It was subsequently raised to six goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:18
OTT
Dany Heatley (13) ASST: Brendan Bell (1), Daniel Alfredsson (16)
1 - 0 OTT
02:53
ATL
Eric Boulton (1) ASST: Joey Crabb (1), Jim Slater (4)
1 - 1 Tie
06:12
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (8) ASST: Dany Heatley (11), Filip Kuba (16)
2 - 1 OTT
15:31
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (7) ASST: Dany Heatley (12), Filip Kuba (17)
3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
18:54
OTT
PPG - Brendan Bell (1) ASST: Mike Fisher (5), Ryan Shannon (1)
4 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
16:29
OTT
Shean Donovan (4) ASST: Christoph Schubert (3), Jarkko Ruutu (6)
5 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
04:32
ATL
Niclas Havelid  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
08:31
OTT
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj) against  Boris Valabik
08:31
ATL
Boris Valabik  Fighting (maj) against  Cody Bass
11:22
OTT
Brendan Bell  Hooking against  Jason Williams
13:44
ATL
Jim Slater  Fighting (maj) against  Jesse Winchester
13:44
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Slater
18:13
OTT
Jason Spezza  Roughing against  Chris Thorburn
18:13
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
03:07
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Bryan Little
10:07
ATL
Nathan Oystrick  Slashing against  Jesse Winchester
10:07
ATL
Nathan Oystrick  Fighting (maj) against  Jesse Winchester
10:07
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Oystrick
12:48
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Elbowing against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
13:14
OTT
Chris Kelly  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
14:56
OTT
Chris Phillips  Slashing against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
17:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Tripping against  Jason Smith
19:26
OTT
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Boris Valabik
19:26
ATL
Boris Valabik  Roughing against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
01:48
OTT
Chris Kelly  Tripping against  Eric Perrin
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
2-5-0
SA: 34TOI: 59:51
Saves: 29EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
SA: 23TOI: 59:55
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .957SH: 2 - 2