Sens Ray-zer sharp

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Senators were Dominated, all right.

But the goaltender who starred in the team's very first pay-per-view show was their very own Ray Emery.

The second year goalie was superb in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena that snapped Ottawa's three-game losing streak.

In what was expected to be a "you should have re-signed me" statement game for Dominik Hasek, The Dominator was merely mortal in his first meeting with the team that cut ties with him last spring.

Emery, meanwhile, flipped and flopped and flied to stop pucks all night, providing Ottawa with yet another sensational effort, stopping 43-of-45 shots. His best moment came in the second period, on a fabulous lunging glove save off Pavel Datsyuk at the goal line that should be on all the highlight clips.

Tied for next in line were big third-period stops off Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson.

Emery was great in the first period, with the Senators trying to lull Hasek to sleep.

Detroit outshot Ottawa 18-3 in the opening period, yet the teams went into the intermission engaged in a scoreless draw.

When they returned, Jason Spezza took over.

Spezza extended his point- scoring streak to 10 games in the second minute of the second minute of the second period, and in fine fashion, indeed.

After intercepting an Andreas Lilja pass and racing in on a breakaway, he made a sudden and spectacular deke on Hasek that might have left a normal person with a popped groin.

It was just the seventh shot on net for Ottawa.

Less than two minutes later, Hasek took a delay of game penalty when he touched the puck in the restricted area behind the goal line (sound familiar?) and then skated after the official to complain (sound familiar?).

On the power play, Chris Neil raised his stick to deflect a Christoph Schubert point shot down and between Hasek's legs. The play was reviewed but ruled a goal.

Spezza made it 3-0 with another tremendous solo effort. Starting near his own blue line, he weaved his way through the neutral zone and a group of Red Wings that included an accommodating Norris Trophy winner in Nicklaus Lindstrom to get in on Hasek again. This time, he beat him with a low shot to the stick side.

Robert Lang finally solved Emery with a one-timer 25 seconds later.

Datsyuk closed the gap further on the power play with a shot that appeared to go off the stick of Chris Phillips.

The Senators survived two early power-play opportunities, behind only 4-2 on the shots clock by the time the penalties had expired.

Emery wound up having to make six times the number of saves Hasek did in the first period. His best was with a quick glove hand off Samuelsson, but he also looked very good stopping Jason Williams from the right wing dot a minute before the intermission.


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