Sens run out of chances

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Senators coach John Paddock simply asked his forwards to step up their game to help take some pressure off the Big Three.

But, as so often has become the case with Ottawa this season, it was the Big Three of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza who answered the offensive call.

Alfredsson buzzed around the Chicago net all night, registering seven shots on goal. Heatley scored twice, took five shots and had 10 or 11 scoring chances. Spezza was a wizard with the puck and picked up an assist.

TOEWS NETS WINNER

But in the end, Blackhawks rookie Jonathan Toews scored at 2:07 of OT to give the 'Hawks a 4-3 victory over the Senators last night at Scotiabank Place.

"I don't think we were quite good enough. We had lots of chances, but we were not quite good enough," said Paddock. "That's the bottom line."

The Senators certainly had enough chances to bury Chicago, but Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stood tall -- an observation not lost on Alfredsson.

"(Khabibulin) made some big stops and I thought he was the difference in the game," said the Senators captain.

Heatley, who has six goals and four assists during a six-game scoring streak, was frustrated Ottawa couldn't finish off Chicago.

"We had chances to win the game. We have to win those games,"said Heatley. "We're up 3-1 and there's no reasons to lose that game."

Spezza echoed his linemate's thoughts.

"Most nights you give us chances like that and we're going to put a couple of them in," said Spezza.

On the winning goal, the Blackhawks took advantage of a giveaway by Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who lost the puck to Chicago's Patrick Sharp.

Sharp threw the puck across to Toews, who chipped the puck by Ray Emery to score Chicago's third unanswered goal.

Former Senators winger Martin Havlat, who was making his return to Ottawa for the first time since being dealt to Chicago on July 10, 2006, left the game midway through the second period after he pulled his groin on a breakaway.

Only 38 seconds into the third period, Sharp's 17th of the season on the power play tied the game 3-3.

Heatley's first goal of the game at 10:43 of the first period gave the Senators a 2-1 lead, but not without some drama. After Heatley tipped Wade Redden's point shot through Khabibulin's legs, the referees waved it off, saying Heatley knocked the puck in with a high stick. After a video review, however, Heatley was awarded his 21st goal of the season.

Dean McAmmond opened the scoring for the Senators with a short-handed goal at 5:48 of the first period.


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