Sens win in New York minute

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Martin Gerber and the Senators stole the show on Broadway.

The Senators closed out a gruelling stretch of seven games in 11 days to start the season with a 6-1 record after a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Ottawa broke the game open in a span of 52 seconds last night in the second period, when Patrick Eaves, Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips struck for the fastest three goals in club history.

"Our chances are pretty good every time I score," said Phillips. "That's a big win. That was a good hard-fought couple of weeks for us and that was a good way to finish it off before we get back at it again."

Martin Gerber was also solid again in net, nearly shutting out the Rangers for the second time in a week.

The 33-year-old made 36 saves on the night and was beaten only by Jaromir Jagr with a little more than a minute left in the third.

There were stretches in the game where Gerber wasn't tested, but he was on fire with the Rangers holding a two-man advantage in the third.

With the Rangers doing everything they could to get back into the game, Gerber made big stops on Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez.

"We're getting good contributions from everybody," said Senators coach John Paddock. "We're getting good goaltending, our penalty killing is special, our power play has had some key goals and we've just played how we finished playing the year last year."

Still, it was the second period that made the difference. The Senators shattered the franchise mark for the fastest three goals in a game, which was set on March 15 last season against the Islanders when Ottawa scored three times in 1:16.

It was Heatley who started the onslaught on the power play at the 8:23 mark. He took a perfect feed from Jason Spezza in the slot and beat Henrik Lundqvist on the stick side.

Then, Phillips, who hadn't scored since Valentine's Day last season, broke his 30-game scoring drought by firing a shot by Lundqvist high on the glove side at 8:40.

Just as the MSG public address announcer finished broadcasting Heatley's goal, Eaves beat Rangers defenceman Marek Malik at the point, used Antoine Vermette as a decoy on a 2-on-1 and beat Lundqvist on the glove side at 9:15.

"Through the first period, we didn't score but we were generating a lot of chances and Lund-qvist made some big saves," said Heatley.

"There was a feeling on the bench and in the room that it was just a matter of time if we continued to play like we did in the first. We felt like we were going to break through and that's what happened."

The Senators, who will now play just three games in 17 days, won't play again until they face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at Scotiabank Place.

Injured goalie Ray Emery, currently on a conditioning stint with Binghamton (AHL) while recovering from off-season wrist surgery, will return to practice tomorrow and he is supposed to be ready to dress against the Canadiens.

The way Gerber has played it's going to be tough to take him out of the net.


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