Blast from the past

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- John Paddock was mad as hell and couldn't take it anymore.

With the Senators trailing 3-0 and showing little emotion against the Penguins at Mellon Arena, the Senators coach blasted his players. The Senators responded, scoring four straight goals for a 4-3 overtime win. Daniel Alfredsson scored the winner with 3.2 seconds left.

Dany Heatley scored twice and Cory Stillman had his second goal in two games.

With the victory, the Senators stayed one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils for No. 1 in the East.

"I told them to get a little bit of poise and composure in our end," said Paddock, with a smile. "We weren't moving our feet. We weren't playing well in our own zone. I just wanted us to make a play. I wanted us to get going a bit."

Heatley said Paddock's wakeup call came as no surprise.

"We know what's going on here," said Heatley. "We've just got to string some wins together and get some confidence back. We've been a bit out of synch and we were a little jumpy out there. He just told us to calm down."

The Senators did ... now they hope this will be a turning point.

"You don't see (teams come back), especially not on the road," said Alfredsson. "We worked hard. The effort was there. It's hard when you're in the box as much as we are. The refs don't seem to give us a break."

The Senators looked like they had hit rock bottom when they fell behind 3-0 midway through the second.

Paddock broke up the big trio of Jason Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley, but he went back to them at times.

Making his fourth straight start in the Ottawa net, Ray Emery looked weak on two of the Penguins goals.

He didn't have a chance on the third goal by Jeff Taafe after making a stop on Jordan Staal on a breakaway, but looked awful on goals by Colby Armstrong and Petr Sykora, both stick side. Nonetheless, Paddock said he was pleased with Emery's effort.

"He really battled," said Paddock. "He made a lot of good reaction saves and worked his butt off in the net.

"The two short-side goals aren't good goals, but he made a lot other good saves."

Emery said he was just glad to get the win.

"You just want to stop as many as you can. I think I made the best I could (after those first two goals)," said Emery. "They caused a lot of problems for us. That game could have went either way. If you pull off a lot of win, then it erases a lot of the mistakes."


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