Sens are sore winners

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Not another injury! Wade Redden was the latest Senators player to limp out of a game, leaving after the second period of a 3-2 Senators win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

Sick bay is starting to stack up with defencemen Joe Corvo (right foot fracture), Anton Volchenkov (fractured fingertip) and Jamie Allison (groin) already out. Captain Daniel Alfredsson (groin) and winger Peter Schaefer (groin) are also out of the lineup.

"(My groin) was a little tight, but it was past the point of being sore," said Redden. "You don't want to get any worse. We just thought I should get off the ice and get some rest."

After spotting the Leafs, who had 13 AHL players in their lineup, a 2-0 lead in the first, Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Chris Kelly helped lead a comeback as the Senators picked up their second straight pre-season win.

"After the first period, I was very upset with the way we were playing," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "If you dress up in the red uniform, you've got to try as hard as you can.

"I reminded them in Philly (Saturday) we won because we worked hard. We weren't working hard."

The line of Dean McAmmond, Heatley and Spezza finished with a goal and an assist each. Spezza scored the winner with a two-man advantage at 6:04 of the third after Heatley tied it on a 5-on-3 at 4:57. Until Kelly's goal, Toronto goalie J.S. Aubin looked unbeatable. Spezza was stopped on a breakaway midway through the second by a poke check from Aubin, who also made a pointblank save on Heatley on a 5-on-3.

"We didn't really do a lot in the first and then we kind of got it rolling," said Heatley.

Senators goalie Ray Emery gave up two goals in a span of 5:21 in the first period, but if he hadn't been spectacular the Senators wouldn't have stood a chance.

Emery made 17 stops in the first period alone and 25 before leaving after 40 minutes. John Pohl's goal on a rebound at 8:30 of the first wasn't great, but there was nothing Emery could do on Jeff O'Neill's power-play goal at 3:09.

"We played so bad in the first period, I was wondering if Emery was going to want to go back out for the second. He must have felt like he had played a full game already," said Murray.

Leafs (and former 67's) defenceman Brendan Bell left the game after a slash on the leg.


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