Finally, Sens solve B's

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of...

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of last night's 5-2 decision over the Boston Bruins. (Ottawa Sun/Tony Caldwell)

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

They'll be talking about the dash from centre ice and his shot that tied the game.

Less noticeable, but no less important, was the play Senators winger Dany Heatley made on his stomach a few minutes later in the third period.

Call it desperation.

Maybe inspiration.

Maybe just dumb luck. It worked.

Knocked down and almost out of the play along the left wing boards, Heatley swung his stick and hit the shaft of Bruins defenceman Andrew Alberts' stick, causing the puck to dart across the slot to Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

He spun and shot, beating Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas for the winner as the Senators scored five unanswered goals in the third for their 5-2 victory over the B's at Scotiabank Place.

"I didn't even know Alfie was there," said Heatley.

It was the Senators' first win over the Bruins in four tries this season, coming in front of 18,292 fans at Scotiabank Place, and pushed Ottawa's record to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

Heatley's play on the winner is one of those little things that wins games like last night's, a game which the Bruins led 2-0 after two periods despite being undermanned.

The Bruins had a thin backend without Zdeno Chara, back in Beantown with what's believed to be a hip injury, and Brad Stuart, who left for the birth of his child. Jason York left the game after five shifts with a knee injury.

"After the first we weren't too happy," said Alfredsson. "We played a little better in the second and we caught them a bit tired and sitting back in the third."

After 40 minutes of mundane hockey on the Senators' part, Mike Comrie, with his first goal as a Senator, and Heatley, with his 26th of the season, scored to tie the game 2-2 before the third period was six minutes old.

Comrie scored at 2:22 of the third period to give the Senators a spark, capitalizing on a Bruins turnover in the neutral zone. Comrie skated in and slipped a backhander under a sprawling Thomas.

Heatley scored his on a great individual play.

Ottawa's Patrick Eaves off a 2-on-1 and Peter Schaefer, into an empty net, also scored for the Senators in the third.

The goals got the Senators back in a game where it looked like they were less than passionate about the task in front of them and frustrated by Thomas' strong work, which saw him stop all 17 shots directed his way in the first two periods.

It looked like it was going to be another one of those nights early when Marco Sturm, with the Bruins killing a penalty, got behind the Ottawa defence less than three minutes into the game. He was hauled down by Andrej Meszaros and scored on a penalty shot -- on one of the more interesting moves you will see, he threw on the brakes right in front of Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who was caught in a semi-crouch, and simply snapped the puck in on the stick side at 2:40 of the first.

"We shot the puck and put pressure on their defence," said Murray. "We passed up a lot of shooting chances in the first two periods, we addressed and got it done in the third."


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