Cool Hand Luke

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

BOSTON -- The Senators might want to consider setting a seat aside for Glen Richardson on all their charters.

Making his initial trip on a Senators flight, the proud father of defenceman Luke Richardson watched from the stands last night at TD Banknorth Garden as his 38-year-old boy scored his first goal in more than two years.

It was a big one at the time, too, snapping a 1-1 draw as Ottawa went on to defeat the Bruins 3-2.

"We have to bring his dad on more trips," Senators coach John Paddock said with a chuckle.

Glen was here as a guest of Steve Monuk, an Ottawa bar owner and long-time best buddy of Luke's who was invited on the trip by the Senators.

"He was due," said the father. "I told him on the way over that I thought he was finally turning the corner. You watch him, the way he's hitting and passing the puck ... he's turning the corner.

"You always hope you see something like that. I've watched him a long time."

"As a defensive guy, any time you can contribute offensively, it's fun," said Richardson, who completed a sweet three-way passing play with Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly for the goal. "The guys had fun with it. Everybody had a good laugh. The guys were excited for me."

The victory was the sixth straight for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators.

An Ottawa native and former Junior B Golden Knight, Richardson's goal was his first since Nov. 26, 2005, when he scored against the St. Louis Blues as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was also just the 34th of a impressively long career that has now reached 1,369 games.

Netting two goals for the Senators was the red-hot Jason Spezza, while Daniel Alfredsson extended his point scoring streak to nine games.

And again standing tall for the Senators was goalie Martin Gerber, who made 25 saves in picking up his 16th win.

Paddock was happy with the way Gerber played, but stopped short of naming him the goalie for tomorrow's game in Atlanta.

"The only guy who has won (in Atlanta) for us was Brian Elliott ... We might have to call him up (from Binghamton)," joked the coach.

Alfredsson was reunited with Spezza and Dany Heatley in the third period, even though another Ottawa native, Randy Robitaille, turned in a solid game playing the right side on the big line, setting up the first Spezza goal and coming close twice.


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