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Dany Heatley scores three goals as Senators defeat Bruins 4-1

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Senators\' Jason Spezza, left, celebrates his goal with Dany Heatley. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Author: The Hockey News

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Dany Heatley scores three goals as Senators defeat Bruins 4-1

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OTTAWA - Dany Heatley found the solution to his ailing offensive game - keep things simple.

Heatley scored three times and set up another as the Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 Tuesday night. After scoring just three goals in 13 games, Heatley now has four goals in the Seantors' past two wins. His hat trick goal was into an empty net.

"When you get into a slump, sometimes offensively you try and do too much and not shoot the puck. I think we've all been guilty of that and the last two nights we've just tried to make the game simpler," Heatley said.

Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist against the Bruins, while Andrej Meszaros chipped in with two assists.

Martin Gerber made his sixth straight start for the Senators and looks to have solidified his lock on the No. 1 position as Ray Emery continues to sit on the bench. Gerber made 28 saves but lost his shutout bid when Dennis Wideman scored with less than three minutes to play in the third period.

Alex Auld made his third straight start for the Bruins since coming on in relief of Tim Thomas during an 8-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston on March 6.

The Senators (39-25-7) just returned home from a four-game western road trip in which they won just once, in the final game in Phoenix. They have now won two in a row for the first time since early February.

The Bruins (36-26-8) are slumping with just one win in their past six games. They have scored just seven goals in those games and have been shutout 1-0 twice, including a shootout loss to the New York Rangers last Sunday.

"We're kind of struggling to score goals, but before this game we got three out of four points, so it was pretty good before this game," said rookie David Krejci.

"We've got to bear down and try to score on our chances. I think we played pretty good until they scored two goals. We had some good chances early on but we just can't score. We need to bury those opportunities."

After a scoreless first period the Senators scored three times in the second, including twice on the power play. Heatley opened the scoring at 5:44 with a wrist shot from the along the boards just seconds after Gerber made a big stop off Boston forward Phil Kessel.

A little more than five minutes later, Heatley beat Auld while on the power play with another wrist shot, this time as he stood on the face-off circle to the left of the Boston netminder.

With less than three minutes to play in the period and the Senators again on the power play, Spezza used his long reach to sweep a rebound past Auld who had stopped the original shot from Heatley. That play also originated at the other end of the ice with Gerber making two big stops before his teammates headed up ice with the puck.

"He was square to the puck and he didn't give up much," Senators coach Bryan Murray said of Gerber. "Those two huge saves helped changed this game."

The Senators finished 2-3 with the man advantage while the Bruins were unsuccessful in five opportunities.

Notes: The Senators lost their first 17 meetings against the Bruins to begin their lifetime series. ...Senators RW Shean Donovan has no points in his last 20 games. ...So far this season in head-to-head meetings, the Senators have outshot the Bruins 186-149 but have been outscored 14-12. ...Neither team had a player wearing the "C" last night in place of the injured captains. ...The Senators recorded their 29th consecutive sellout.

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