A sound Thrashing

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Joe Corvo and Dany Heatley could have been looking for a hole in which to hide.

Instead, the Senators defenceman and winger combined to put the Thrashers in a hole from which they could not escape.

In a wild turning point in a game that never should have been that close, Corvo and Heatley jumped out of the penalty box and combined for the Senators' sixth goal in their 7-3 win, their fifth in a row, in front of 20,082 at Scotiabank Place.

Shortly after league-leading goal-scorer Ilya Kovalchuk had made it 5-3 during a 5-on-3 advantage with his 26th of the year, Corvo and Heatley handed the Thrashers another 5-on-3 halfway through the third period when Corvo cross-checked Atlanta's Slava Kozlov and Heatley was penalized for yapping to referee Bill McCreary.

The Thrashers, who had been pretty much bystanders for much of the night, suddenly had a life.

But in what became a pretty entertaining bit of drama, Corvo and Heatley burst out of the penalty box as their teammates finished killing off the two-minute, two-man disadvantage and broke away on a 2-on-1. Corvo delivered a sweet saucer pass that Heatley buried for his second goal of the night, his 20th of the season and the 200th of his career. Game over.

"If they scored on that 5-on-3 and wind up tying it up, you're going to be a pretty big goat," said Heatley.

Corvo continued to show progress as an offensive threat on the blue line, scoring his fifth goal of the season at 1:17 of the second on a blast from the point to make it 4-1. He now has three goals and seven assists in his past nine games.

It wasn't all good for the Senators, however, as they lost centre Mike Fisher with an abdominal injury. Fisher, who was just finding his offensive touch again, was taken to hospital for tests and there was no update on his condition.

The Fisher injury capped a rough week which saw him lose a tooth, thanks to a head-butt by Carolina's Scott Walker.

The Senators, now owning a record of 21-7-3, also got goals from Nick Foligno (fourth), Chris Kelly (sixth), Andrej Meszaros (fifth) and Antoine Vermette (sixth), who also added two assists.

Senators centre Jason Spezza assisted on the Corvo and Heatley goals -- the first was the 200th of his career -- and at that moment had overtaken Bruin Marc Savard for the NHL assists lead with 30.

The penalties by Corvo and Heatley provided some suspense in a game in which the Senators had pretty much dominated the disinterested Thrashers, who lost their fourth in a row.

"It's scary with the guys they've got," said Spezza of handing the Thrashers the 5-on-3. "Kovalchuk is hot right now. You give anybody a 5-on-3 for two minutes, especially the way they're controlling the puck and can bury it ... obviously, we were a little concerned."

Senators goaltender Martin Gerber made a couple of solid stops in that situation and picked up his second straight win as Ray Emery is still nursing a sore hip.


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