TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Daniel Alfredsson scored a short-handed goal on an odd rebound and the Ottawa Senators remained the Eastern Conference’s only unbeaten team with a 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

Dany Heatley, Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer each had a goal and an assist each for Ottawa (6-0-0), while Dominik Hasek stopped 23 shots in 600th career game.

Nashville (6-0-0) is the NHL’s only other unbeaten team.

Dmitry Afanasenkov scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight home games, one in a shootout.

Alfredsson put the Senators up 2-1 at 3:43 of the second. Lightning goalie John Grahame slid almost to the blue line in an attempt to beat the right wing to a loose puck. After neither player gained control, Heatley took a shot from the high slot that went past a Tampa Bay player wide of the net as Grahame threw his stick along the ice at the him. The puck hit the end boards and Alfredsson scored from in front.

Heatley made it 3-1 with 17:45 remaining in the third. Schaeffer gave Ottawa a three-goal lead at 9:19.

Alfredsson has 10 points, including six goals, during a six-game point streak. Heatley (six assists, nine points) also has a point in six straight games.

The teams traded first-period goals. Neil scored for Ottawa at 1:53 before Tampa Bay tied it on Afanasenkov’s goal with 10:45 left. Neil has four goals and seven points during a five-game point streak.

Notes: The Senators’ game Saturday at Florida was postponed until Dec. 5 because of Hurricane Wilma. … Ottawa LW Vaclav Varada (knee) played after the missing the first five games of the season. … Senators C Mike Fisher (shoulder) missed his third straight game. He could return next week. … Ottawa RW Martin Havlat began serving his five-game suspension for kicking Boston’s Hal Gill on Oct. 15. … Lightning D Paul Ranger might return in a week after receiving a concussion and hairline fracture of his jaw in Thursday’s game at Atlanta. … C Vincent Lecavalier played in his 476th game with Tampa Bay, the most in team history. … Lecavalier and teammate Vinny Prospal had scored goals in their previous four games.

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