Auld, Heatley lead charge as Senators defeat Hurricanes

OTTAWA (Ticker) — In the wake of rookie goaltender Brian
Elliott’s emergence, the opportunities had been few and far
between for Alex Auld. With his latest strong effort, though,
Auld is slowly reclaiming his starting job for the Ottawa

Auld made 41 saves and All-Star Dany Heatley was one of four
different goal scorers Tuesday as the Senators posted a 4-2
victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chris Kelly, newly acquired Mike Comrie and Jason Spezza each
tallied while captain Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette
notched two assists apiece for Ottawa, which snapped a
three-game skid.

Patrick Eaves and blue-liner Anton Babchuk netted goals for the
Hurricanes, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an

Auld has started five of the Senators’ last six games, during
which they have gone 3-1-1 with him in goal. Prior to his
current stretch, Auld watched Elliott start 12 of the team’s
previous 14.

Auld bounced back from a dismal effort in Saturday’s 5-3
drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. The
28-year-old turned aside 11 shots in the first period, 14 in the
second and 16 in the third.

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He got early support in this one, as Heatley opened the scoring
5:57 left in the first. Eaves leveled the contest 17 seconds
later, but Kelly recaptured the lead 29 seconds after Eaves

Acquired via trade with the New York Islanders on Friday, Comrie
fired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that sailed by
Cam Ward with 11 seconds remaining in the session.

Ward stopped only six shots and was lifted before the second for
Michael Leighton, who finished with 12 saves.

Spezza gave Ottawa a 4-1 bulge on the power play, beating
Leighton with a hard wrister at 1:58 of the second. Babchuk
answered with a goal on the man advantage with 1:49 remaining in
the period, but Auld was impenetrable the rest of the way.