Tour de Fours for Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

BUFFALO -- Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson delivered a 1-2 punch that the Sabres won't want to see again anytime soon.

Havlat, in his first game back from a five-game suspension, and Alfredsson each scored four goals as the Senators romped to a 10-4 win.

It was the first time in Senators' history that two players each scored four goals in a game. Alfredsson is only the third Senator to have a six-point night.

Jason Spezza had four assists.

"It's nice for the team to have success," said Alfredsson. "When good things happen, you're going to get your points. That's a big win for us. We took the game to them right away and we kept going."

It was Havlat's second goal at 7:27 of the first period that will make the highlight reels. He skated around defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick and backhanded it past Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen.

"I was nervous at practice yesterday," said Havlat. "I wanted to play well. It has been tough to watch and you want to go out there and contribute. The points aren't important ... getting the win is what means the most. It's just good to be back playing again."

The Senators were happy to see Havlat make up for lost time, especially since he failed to capitalize on many opportunities before his suspension.

"He came back strong," said coach Bryan Murray. "We had some guys who really stepped up for us.

"I had told Alfie jokingly I wasn't sure if he was playing with Spezza and Heatley he was going to get any goals. He got four."

The Senators chased surprise starter Martin Biron after he allowed three goals on six shots. He was called in after Ryan Miller suffered what is believed to be a broken thumb in the morning skate.

Then, Noronen was called off the bench and it didn't get much better. By the end of the second, the Senators had pulled out to a 7-3 lead which meant Biron was brought back in to finish the third.

Heatley pushed his club-record point-scoring streak to 11 straight by games by firing one home on the first shot only 34 seconds into the game. He also picked up his second at 7:27 -- the goal that sealed Biron's fate.

Buffalo battled back while trailing 5-0. Jay McKee, Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik closed the gap to 5-3.

Senators goalie Ray Emery wasn't tested much after that, with Daniel Briere adding a third-period goal for the Sabres.

"Just one of those nights where everything was going in," said Spezza.

After knocking off the Sabres 5-0 in their home opener Oct. 8 at the Corel Centre, the Senators have now outscored Buffalo 15-4 in two games this season.

The Senators returned home immediately after last night's game and they'll host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Corel Centre.


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