MONTREAL – Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 26 shots in his first start of the season as the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to four Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Alfredsson, who also scored in Monday’s 6-5 shootout win over Toronto, tied it at 2 late in the second period with a short-handed goal. He added his fifth of the season on a power play at 14:35 of the third to put Ottawa up 4-2.

Antoine Vermette gave the Senators their second lead of the game 2:58 into the third period when he redirected Chris Phillips’ point shot past Jose Theodore. Phillips also assisted on Zdeno Chara’s first of the season, which opened the scoring 2:27 in.

Emery, making his first appearance after Dominik Hasek got the Senators’ season off to a 3-0 start, assisted on Alfredsson’s short-handed effort at 18:55 of the second.

Saku Koivu and Steve Begin scored for Montreal, which drew a capacity crowd of 21,273 for its home opener after the Canadiens won their first three road games.

Chara beat Theodore with a slap shot from the point to put Ottawa ahead early, but Montreal tied it at 14:26 of the first when Koivu put Alexei Kovalev’s pass from behind the net past Emery from the edge of the crease.

Blues 4, Blackhawks 1

ST. LOUIS – Jay McClement scored his first NHL goal on a penalty shot and added an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their first win of the season, 4-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Patrick Lalime, acquired by the Blues from Ottawa before the NHL lockout, rebounded from a slow start and made 32 saves in his first victory of the season. Lalime was 0-3 with a 6.00 goals-against average.

Dean McAmmond, Scott Young and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis (1-3). Mike Sillinger had two assists, giving him 400 career points.

Tyler Arnason scored the only goal for Chicago, which began a four-game road trip.

St. Louis, which had been the only Western Conference team without a win, started off strong in this one. Just 20 seconds in, Sillinger centered the puck to McAmmond in the left circle, and he flipped a shot over the left shoulder of Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Midway through the period, McClement was tripped by Jaroslav Spacek as he broke in alone on Khabibulin. Referee Mick McGeough awarded McClement a penalty shot, and he scored on a wrist shot just inside the left post to make it 2-0 at 10:58.

Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2

TORONTO – Jeff O’Neill scored his first goal with hometown team and Eric Lindros added one against his former club as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

O’Neill’s one-timer on the power play gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 7:34 of the third period. He then pointed to the sky, dedicating the goal to his older brother, Donny, who was killed in a car accident in Toronto in July. O’Neill acknowledged his tribute in a postgame interview.

O’Neill was traded to Toronto from Carolina two weeks after his brother was killed. O’Neill was in Toronto at the time of the crash to attend a meeting in which the NHL players’ association ratified the new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

Lindros scored with 6:51 left to make it 4-2 for the Maple Leafs (1-1-2). Lindros, a Toronto native, has four points in four games with his new team.

He spent his first nine NHL seasons with Philadelphia and was the league MVP in 1995. A bitter dispute with general manager Bob Clarke led to Lindros being traded to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2001. Lindros signed with the Maple Leafs after the lockout.

Stars 3, Coyotes 2

DALLAS – Jussi Jokinen scored the first goal of his NHL career to break a tie late in the second period and Mike Modano added a short-handed goal midway through the third period, lifting the Dallas Stars past the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Tuesday night.

Dallas peppered Phoenix’s rookie goaltender David LeNeveu with 11 shots in the first period, but he allowed only one goal by Antti Miettinen. The Coyotes went on the attack in the second period, tying it early on Denis Gauthier’s goal.

But with 1:01 left in the second, LeNeveu was beaten by Jokinen with a shot from a sharp angle. Coach Wayne Gretzky’s club couldn’t recover, falling to 1-3, including 0-3 on the road.

The game turned for good midway through the third period with Phoenix on a power play. Instead of tying it, the Coyotes failed to get off a shot. In the closing seconds of the advantage, Dallas’ Philippe Boucher popped the puck out to start a two-on-none chance that Modano and Brenden Morrow executed perfectly on LeNeveu, playing his second NHL game and first on the road.

Phoenix went 0-for-6 on the power play and had just wasted 20 seconds of a 6-on-3 skating advantage when Paul Mara beat Stars goalie Marty Turco with 12.3 seconds left. The Coyotes didn’t threaten again, though.

LeNeveu stopped 20 shots. Turco made 23 saves.

The goals for Jokinen and Modano provided a nice pairing of new and old for the Stars.

Jokinen, a native of Finland, has been among the top prospects in the Dallas organization for several years. He scored five goals in the preseason to solidify his spot on the roster.


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