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OTTAWA (AP) - Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson kept up the goal scoring for the Ottawa Senators, even if the numbers were scaled back a bit from the gaudy totals they fashioned in Buffalo.
Havlat and Alfredsson both scored for Ottawa, one night after each tied the team record with four goals, leading the Senators to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Havlat scored his sixth of the season - his fifth in two games since returning from a five-game suspension for kicking Boston's Hal Gill - 7:13 in to open the scoring.
``It wasn't that much fun when I wasn't playing,'' Havlat said. ``It's a much better feeling here in the last two games.''
Alfredsson, who had six points against the Sabres, made it 2-0 on his 12th goal 31 seconds later.
``You've got to be ready to play any team in this league, and we wanted to be ready tonight and I think we were in the first period,'' Alfredsson said. ``I think that's the biggest thing for us. If we go out there and give it a great effort, we're a tough team to beat. We've got a great chance of winning every game now, and that should be our mind-set.''
Dany Heatley, who scored Ottawa's other two goals in a 10-4 victory in Buffalo on Wednesday night, assisted on Alfredsson's goal to extend his team-record points streak to 12 games to begin the season.
``It was good for me to come here. I've had a lot of fun so far,'' said Heatley, acquired in an Aug. 23 trade that sent Marian Hossa to Atlanta. ``I'm playing on a good team with a great bunch of guys, so it's been a lot of fun for me so far.''
The Senators moved into the Eastern Conference lead with 20 points.
Wade Redden scored his sixth goal 6:32 into the third to put the Senators up 3-2. Mike Fisher added his second of the season at 8:48 to restore Ottawa's two-goal lead.
``I thought we battled pretty hard,'' Redden said. ``Even though they tied it early in the third, we kept coming and got the win.''
Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards scored power-play goals for Tampa Bay, which lost its second straight following a season-high, three-game winning streak.
``We can't put our heads down after this one,'' Lecavalier said. ``We came back, we played well offensively, we were skating - it was a great hockey game on both sides, but we didn't get a chance to finish them off after we tied it.
Senators goalie Dominik Hasek played a big part there, stopped 31 shots - including 18 of 19 in the third - to improve to 7-2-0.
``He was the difference in the game, I felt,'' Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. ``We got a couple of pucks into the slot that we scored on, and they had a couple of really good chances and I thought Dominik was outstanding for the most part.''
Richards drew the Lightning within one before the end of the period, scoring his sixth of the season to complete a fine passing play with Martin St. Louis and Vinnie Prospal. Lecavalier evened it at 2 with his ninth goal 4:12 into the third, also with the man advantage.
Notes: Lightning goalie John Grahame made 27 saves. ... Alfredsson has six goals and seven assists in his last five games. ... The Senators have 58 goals in 12 games.
|Martin Havlat Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer , Antoine Vermette|
1 - 0 OTT
|Daniel Alfredsson Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley , Wade Redden|
2 - 0 OTT
|PPG - Brad Richards Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St Louis , Vinny Prospal|
2 - 1 OTT
|PPG - Vincent Lecavalier Snap shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal , Martin St Louis|
2 - 2 Tie
|Wade Redden Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson , Jason Spezza|
3 - 2 OTT
|Mike Fisher Snap shot - ASST: NONE|
4 - 2 OTT
|Bryan Smolinski Tripping against Dan Boyle|
|Paul Ranger Hooking against Chris Kelly|
|Mike Fisher Charging against Nick Tarnasky|
|Bryan Smolinski Hooking against Ruslan Fedotenko|
|Andrej Meszaros Hooking against Dimitri Afanasenkov|
|Chris Phillips Interference against Dave Andreychuk|
|Zdeno Chara Hooking against Vinny Prospal|
|Dominik Hasek Interference against Rob DiMaio|
|Pavel Kubina Hi-sticking against Martin Havlat|
|SA: 31||TOI: 59:52|
|Saves: 27||EV: 23 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .871||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 33||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 31||EV: 24 - 24|
|PIM: 2||PP: 7 - 9|
|SV%: .939||SH: 0 - 0|