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10/21/2006 10:01:00 PM


OTTAWA (CP) - The Ottawa Senators breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday night, trouncing the New Jersey Devils 8-1 at Scotiabank Place. It's the first home ice victory for the Sens (1-5-0) this season.

Antoine Vermette and Dean McAmmond led the way each scoring two goals, while Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists. Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Tom Preissing also scored for the Senators (3-4-0).

Ray Emery made 34 saves for his second win of the season, while Martin Brodeur allowed six goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Scott Clemmensen who gave up two goals on 12 shots.

Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for the Devils (4-3-1).

Spezza opened the scoring for the Senators with a power-play goal, just their second of the year with the man advantage, midway through the first period.

Gionta tied the game with just over five minutes remaining in the period as the Devils took advantage of an Ottawa turnover at their own blue-line. But two minutes later, Heatley regained the lead by tipping Tom Preissing's point shot.

The second period opened with a flurry of chances at both ends, but it was the Senators who broke open the game scoring five unanswered goals.

With just one win in their last four games, Senators' fans were desperate for a victory and the 19,166 on hand weren't disappointed.

Vermette picked up his first of the year as he beat Brodeur five-hole and 50 seconds later Corvo, signed during the off-season, jumped into the play and scored from the slot. Five minutes later Preissing, another defenceman signed during the off-season, scored from the far side boards, and 32 seconds later Vermette picked up his second to make it 6-1 Ottawa.

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Finally some thing optamistic for the sens after dropping there last 5 home games. Going into the home and home with the leafs it will be interesting to see who starts in goal for the sens. (Havlat outt 2-3 weeks with ankle injury):D
 

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Finally some thing optamistic for the sens after dropping there last 5 home games. Going into the home and home with the leafs it will be interesting to see who starts in goal for the sens. (Havlat outt 2-3 weeks with ankle injury):D
I'd go with Emery, and start Gerber for the next game.
You can't possibly not give the start to Emery after the game he had.

This finally woke up the sens offensive guys. Expect them to shoot with confidence from now on. Only guys missing to find their game is Gerber and Redden who played average at best despite the staggering win.
 

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Ditto. It shouldn't matter how much Gerber is being paid now. The team was desperate for some wins, and Emery has played well in all 3 of his last starts.

Not saying Gerber hasn't in his last one, but Emery's more on a role.

However, seeing as it is a home-and-home, Gerber should likely end up getting 1 start.
 
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