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Senators 10, Sabres 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 10, Sabres 4
Ottawa Senators 10, Buffalo Sabres 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson has an intimidating message for the rest of the NHL.

"I don't think we hit our peak yet," he said after Ottawa's 10-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. "I think we can get better."

Alfredsson and Martin Havlat each scored four goals, and Dany Heatley added two more for the Senators, who won for the ninth time in 11 games. They are off to their best start since entering the league as an expansion team in 1992.

Alfredsson tied a pair of team records and set career highs with four goals and six points. It was the first career four-goal game for Havlat as well, and the third time in three games a Senators player has scored four times. Heatley had four goals in an 8-0 win over Toronto on Saturday.

"When the team plays well, good things happen for the individuals as well," Alfredsson said. "I got some good breaks tonight and was able to put them away."

It was also the first time in franchise history that Ottawa had two four-goal scorers in one game. The 10 goals were a season high and the second-most in franchise history.

Alfredsson's comments aside, it's hard to imagine Ottawa playing much better, especially after its offensive display against the Sabres.

"To have two guys score that many goals, I don't know if I've ever been around that type of thing," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "It is amazing and different, and doesn't happen very often."

Heatley extended his club-record point streak to begin a season to 11 games, and Jason Spezza had a career-high four assists.

It was the fifth career hat trick for both Alfredsson and Havlat.

Playing for the first time since serving a five-game suspension for kicking Boston defenseman Hal Gill, Havlat took to heart some criticism from general manager John Muckler earlier this week.

"I wanted to play a hard game tonight," Havlat said. "They just kept going in and I was pretty happy with that."

Muckler wanted to see more of Havlat's skills come out on the ice, and Havlat responded convincingly against the Sabres.

"The idea of having a group of players do well is having them respond to a little criticism," Murray said. "He took advantage of it tonight to have a big night."

Jay McKee, Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Briere scored for Buffalo, which has dropped three of its last four.

The Sabres were without scheduled starting goalie Ryan Miller, who broke his thumb during Buffalo's morning skate and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

Martin Biron made the emergency start in place of Miller but didn't last long, allowing three goals on the first six shots he faced. Biron was lifted after seven minutes in favor of Mika Noronen, who dressed for the first time this season after being scratched for Buffalo's first 11 games.

Noronen allowed four goals on 17 shots before Biron came back in net to start the third period.

"Buffalo's goaltending wasn't the best they had, and we took advantage of that," Alfredsson said. "When you get off on the wrong foot, it's tough to get back, and I think that's what we did to their goalies."

Heatley opened the scoring just 34 seconds in, beating Biron from close in on Ottawa's first shot. Havlat followed with his first of the game on the Senators' third shot less than three minutes later.

Heatley chased Biron after outmuscling Thomas Vanek in front of the net, putting his own rebound past the goalie.

Buffalo got back into the game with three consecutive goals in the second to pull to 5-3 before the Senators scored four consecutive goals. Alfredsson scored three times during that stretch and capped the scoring with his 11th goal of the season with four minutes remaining.

"I was ready to go, but it was just one of those nights," Biron said. "You can't dig yourself a hole like that and expect to come out."

Ottawa goalie Ray Emery made his third start in place of Dominik Hasek - and has won all three. Emery improved to 6-0-0 in his brief NHL career.

"You make mistakes and you're going to get burned - and we got burned," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Notes: Sabres D Toni Lydman (groin) and LW Taylor Pyatt (mild concussion) each missed a second consecutive game due to injury. ... The Senators are 7-1 when scoring first. ... Briere tied a career-high eight-game point streak with an assist on McKee's goal. ... Senators D Anton Volchenkov missed his first game with a rib injury sustained in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. ... Buffalo RW Mike Grier did not return after sustaining a hip flexor in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:34
OTT
Dany Heatley (9) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (9), Jason Spezza (14)
1 - 0 OTT
03:13
OTT
PPG - Marty Havlat (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Neil (4), Brian Pothier (3)
2 - 0 OTT
07:27
OTT
Dany Heatley (10) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (15), Daniel Alfredsson (10)
3 - 0 OTT
13:54
OTT
Marty Havlat (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (8)
4 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
02:36
OTT
Marty Havlat (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (9), Zdeno Chara (5)
5 - 0 OTT
06:14
BUF
Jay McKee (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (5), J-P Dumont (5)
5 - 1 OTT
10:52
BUF
Chris Drury (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (8)
5 - 2 OTT
13:19
BUF
PPG - Ales Kotalik (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Campbell (2), Daniel Briere (6)
5 - 3 OTT
16:58
OTT
Marty Havlat (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrej Meszaros (4)
6 - 3 OTT
18:32
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (8) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
7 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
05:12
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (9) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (16), Zdeno Chara (6)
8 - 3 OTT
09:13
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (10) Snap shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (11), Jason Spezza (17)
9 - 3 OTT
14:01
BUF
PPG - Daniel Briere (10) Snap shot - ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (5), Teppo Numminen (8)
9 - 4 OTT
16:00
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (11) Snap shot - ASST: Wade Redden (8)
10 - 4 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:54
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov  Hi-sticking
03:14
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
03:14
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
04:14
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Hooking
08:16
OTT
Wade Redden  Hooking
08:16
OTT
Brian Pothier  Hooking
12:41
BUF
Adam Mair  Roughing against  Brian McGrattan
12:41
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Roughing against  Adam Mair
17:05
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Kneeing against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
12:30
OTT
Brian Pothier  Hi-sticking against  Maxim Afinogenov
3rd Period
00:21
BUF
Daniel Briere  Tripping against  Dany Heatley
08:01
BUF
J-P Dumont  Too many men/ice - bench
11:30
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
11:30
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
12:30
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Thomas Vanek
13:48
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Hooking
18:28
OTT
Marty Havlat  Holding the stick against  Dmitri Kalinin
goalie stats
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
SA: 37TOI: 59:52
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .892SH: 1 - 1
Mika Noronen
SA: 17TOI: 32:33
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
SA: 19TOI: 27:24
Saves: 13EV: 6 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .684SH: 3 - 3