Brandon way too tricky

Senators winger Dany Heatley (left) gives Brandon Bochenski a pat on the head after Bochenski...

Senators winger Dany Heatley (left) gives Brandon Bochenski a pat on the head after Bochenski scored the second of his three goals last night against the Maple Leafs at the Corel Centre. (Ottawa Sun/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The public address announcer at the Corel Centre is rusty, but he might want to get Brandon Bochenski's name right.

He could be calling it a few times this year.

Somebody dig out a new sweater for Bochenski because after scoring a hat trick in a 7-4 exhibition victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, he won't be wearing No. 56 much longer.

"Well, the No. 56 looks pretty good on him right now," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

Playing with the talented Dany Heatley and former Baby Sens linemate Jason Spezza in front of a sellout of 19,311, Bochenski, who was called "Brian" all night by the announcer, has looked unstoppable.

"(The P.A. guy) can call (Bochenski) anything he wants as long he keeps on scoring," said Spezza. "I told everybody at the start of the camp they should keep an eye on this guy because he might surprise a few people. He's around the puck and he can put it in the net. There's no question about it."

Spezza had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Heatley had a goal and two assists. Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher also scored for the Senators.

But it was Bochenski, who has five goals in the pre-season, who stole the show for the Senators.

"It was nice to get the goals. But, this is pre-season and they don't mean anything once the regular season starts. I'm still day-to-day right now and I have to keep working (to make the team)," said Bochenski.

The Leafs had no plans to bring starting goaltender Ed Belfour off the bench, which meant Mikael Tellqvist had to suffer even after the Senators scored three goals in a span of 3:06 and pulled out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Like every good Senators-Leafs game, this one did feature the odd tussle. Fisher put a good pounding on Darcy Tucker while Brian McGrattan went toe-to-toe with Nathan Perrott. For good measure, Chris Neil had a little dance with Clarke Wilm.

"I thought it was a good game. We did some good things and we're going to have some success if we use our speed," said Murray. "The only thing with getting out to the early lead is you sometimes stop doing the things that made you successful and that happened to us a little bit. That area will get better."

The only problem with this was the Senators didn't get a chance to see what goaltender Dominik Hasek can do. Playing his second pre-season game, he faced only 10 shots before giving way to Ray Emery.

Hasek's best save came off Darcy Tucker on a penalty shot that was awarded by referee Dave Jackson following a scramble in the crease. Tucker tried to go backhand and Hasek made it look like child's play.

"I gave up two goals (to Tie Domi and Kyle Wellwood) and I didn't get much in the way of shots. I've got to keep working here to get ready for the season," said Hasek, who will play a full game Wednesday against the Sabres in Buffalo.


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