Sens give Hasek chills

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Senators 6, Islanders 0

You would have sworn Dominik Hasek was looking hot at the Corel Centre last night, but, in fact, he was feeling a little chill.

"I told my teammates in the third period, 'I'm freezing, I'm not getting any shots here,' " said Hasek. "There was a little bit of action in the second period, but not much. The guys are playing well."

As the final buzzer sounded following the Senators' 6-0 victory over the Islanders in front of 19,776 fans, centre Jason Spezza collected the puck and presented the little piece of history to Hasek.

No, it wasn't one of Hasek's most memorable nights, but his 28 saves and 66th career blanking moved him into a 13th-place tie on the all-time shutout list with retired goalie Patrick Roy.

"Any time you can get a shutout, it's nice," said Hasek, a 40-year-old future hall of famer. "I knew this was a strong team when I signed here, but I'm surprised with how well we've played.

"I don't know if we're going to play like this all year, but it's pretty easy to win when you're scoring six or eight goals a game. I'm amazed with how well we play offensively and defensively."

ALFIE TIED FOR SCORING LEAD

And the Senators' guns were firing on all cylinders against their old foe Alexei Yashin. Daniel Alfredsson, who had two goals and an assist, is tied for the NHL scoring lead with Carolina's Eric Staal. Both have 26 points.

Dany Heatley, Chris Neil, Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski also scored for the Senators, who have won three straight and outscored their opponents 20-6 in that stretch.

The captain is leading the charge.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now. That is the big thing," said Alfredsson.

The Senators are embarrassing opponents. The Isles had a little bit of pressure in the second period, but other than that they were manhandled.

There seems to be no stopping these Senators and Heatley in particular. He tied a team record set by Marian Hossa in 2002 by scoring a point in his 13th straight game and can break the franchise mark Thursday in Boston.

Heatley scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play. He picked up a pass from Jason Spezza behind the net, pulled the puck back and beat goalie Rick DiPietro glove side.

And he could have had more. Heatley was awarded a penalty shot in the second when he was taken down by Islanders blueliner Alexei Zhitnik, but was stopped trying to go five-hole on DiPietro.

"It's nice to set the record and I don't want to look like I don't appreciate it, but the big thing for us is the win," said Heatley.

Senators coach Bryan Murray said Hasek has played a big role.

"He's been awfully good. He had to make some big saves in that second period when they were pressing," said Murray. "He hasn't been giving up much in the way of rebounds, he's been communicating with his defence and just the way he conducts himself has been excellent."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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