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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.

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.



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