Finally, it's pizza time

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

And after the fifth game, they ate.

The goal-hungry Senators finally gorged themselves last night, breaking their four-game fast at Scotiabank Place with a 8-1 win over goaltender Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.

The 19,166 fans, in such a surly (and justified) mood lately, were rewarded with slices of pizza because of the six-pack output in what was surely an all-dressed performance (13 players had at least a point) by the Senators.

The Senators, now 3-4-0 after their first win at home, saw newcomers Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing and winger Antoine Vermette (with two) all find the net for the first time this season.

Dean McAmmond had his second and third goals of the season.

Jason Spezza, the target of boos at Scotiabank Place Thursday night, heard cheers for his goal and two assists and Dany Heatley scored his second of the season. Heatley also added an assist and captain Daniel Alfredsson, playing on a new line, had two helpers.

"I think we'll take that win," said Spezza. "Some of those goals were lucky, but we deserved them. That's a good confidence boost for our hockey club.

"It was hard work, but it was smart work. We relaxed and made the plays we used to make."

Funny how it goes, huh?

The Senators couldn't buy a goal at home (four goals in four games before last night) and then it seemed like everything they shot last night found its way by Brodeur.

After Vermette scored his second 14 minutes into the second to make it 6-1, which came just 32 seconds after Preissing scored on a wrister from the boards, Brodeur was given a mercy hook by Devils coach Claude Julien.

Spezza's goal, his third of the season, came on the power play to open the scoring and snapped an 0-for-23 string on home ice.

Corvo, meanwhile, playing his second game of the season after breaking his foot in the pre-season, looks like a nice addition on the blue line. He had two good shots on that first power play and snuck into the slot to score his first goal as a Senator, converting a nice pass by Alfredsson to make it 4-1.

At the Senators' end of the ice, goaltender Ray Emery was solid again.

Not to be overlooked in all the goal-scoring fun was another solid effort from winger Chris Neil, who had been the one constant in the Senators' inconsistent start. He worked hard again last night and wound up with an assist and continued to make the effort plays upon which wins are built. He finally had some company last night.


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