Sens' Dynamic Duo back

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The message must have gotten through to the Senators' Dynamic Duo.

Just 24 hours after Senators' coach Bryan Murray declared he was toying with the idea of breaking up Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza, they regained some of their offensive power last night in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

Trying to become the NHL's first player to score 50 goals in back-to-back seasons since Pavel Bure did it, Heatley scored his 43rd to end a five-game goal drought dating back to March 10.

Spezza had a goal and an assist as the Senators picked up their fifth victory in six games. Winger Patrick Eaves and centre Dean McAmmond also scored for the Senators, who stayed ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conferrence and completed a season sweep against the Panthers with a 4-0 record.

"We talked to Bryan and he wasn't really happy with the way we've been playing in the last two to three games," said Spezza. "It felt good to contribute. We know we're a pretty dangerous team when we have everybody contributing. That's what you need in the playoffs."

"I thought we skated a lot better," said Heatley. "We're a good team when we're not standing still and we're using our speed. I thought we played strong and had some chances."

If it hadn't been for an awful performance by goalie Eddie Belfour at the other end, the result could have been different. Ray Emery was sharp for the Senators.

Trying to stay alive in a battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers' only goals were scored by Jozef Stumpel late in the second and Olli Jokinen in the third.

A strong second period by the Senators -- three goals on their first three shots -- got Florida GM/coach Jacques Martin so upset he yanked Belfour after he gave up four goals on nine shots. Craig Anderson relieved Belfour in goal.

"We scored on our shots," said Murray, whose club was held to 19 against the Panthers. "Ray played real well. I thought we had some opportunities and we should have shot the puck more.

"I thought they (Heatley and Spezza) played better tonight. They had some chances and they contributed. That's what we need from them."

Eaves' goal ended his 19-game scoreless skid.

The Senators won the only fight of the night. Winger Chris Neil sent Florida defenceman Steve Montador to the ice in a tussle.

The Sens' four-game road trip ends tomorrow in Tampa against the Lighting. Game time is 7 p.m.

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@OTT.SUNPUB.COM

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