BUFFALO, N.Y. – Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson each scored four goals, and Dany Heatley added two more to send the Ottawa Senators to a 10-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

It was the first career four-goal game for both Havlat and Alfredsson, and the third time in three games a Senators player has scored four times. Heatley had four goals in an 8-0 win over Toronto on Saturday.

Heatley extended his club-record point streak to begin a season to 11 games, and Ottawa extended its own torrid start by winning for the ninth time in 11 tries. The 10 goals were a season high.

Alfredsson added two assists to finish with a career-high six points, and Jason Spezza had four assists. It was Alfredsson’s fifth career hat trick.

Havlat was playing for the first time since serving a five-game suspension for kicking Boston defenseman Hal Gill.

Jay McKee, Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Briere scored for Buffalo, which has dropped three of its last four.

The Sabres were without scheduled starting goalie Ryan Miller, who injured his thumb earlier in the day during Buffalo’s morning skate.

Martin Biron made the emergency start in place of Miller but didn’t last long, allowing three goals on the first six shots he faced. Biron was lifted after seven minutes in favor of Mika Noronen, who dressed for the first time this season after being scratched for Buffalo’s first 11 games.

Noronen allowed four goals on 17 shots before Biron came back in net to start the third period.

Heatley opened the scoring just 34 seconds in, beating Biron from close in on Ottawa’s first shot. Havlat followed with his first of the game on the Senators’ third shot less than three minutes later.

Blackhawks 6, Blues 5

ST. LOUIS – Brent Seabrook scored his first NHL goal 35 seconds into overtime, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 6-5 victory Wednesday night over the slumping St. Louis Blues.

Martin Lapoint had a goal and two assists, and rookie Pavol Vorobiev added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who blew a three-goal lead in the third period but recovered to snap a four-game skid that included three consecutive losses to Detroit.

Chicago (4-9-0) won for only the second time in eight games and improved to 1-6 against Central Division foes.

Seabrook hit a wrist shot from the right circle for the game-winner, stretching the Blues’ losing streak to six games. St. Louis dropped to 2-8-2.

Chicago goalie Craig Anderson made his second start of the season and earned his first victory.

Nikolai Khabibulin was in goal for Wednesday’s loss at Detroit and the previous three defeats. The game was filled with penalties. The Blackhawks went 3-for-12 on the power play, while St. Louis was 3-for-11.

Chicago held a 5-2 lead early in the third period, but St. Louis rallied to tie it.

Kings 6, Stars 3

DALLAS – Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored three goals for his first career hat trick, and rookie Jason LaBarbera made 29 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings past the Dallas Stars 6-3 Wednesday night.

Sean Avery, Jeff Cowan and Pavol Demitra also scored for the Kings, 6-2 in their last eight games. Visnovsky leads NHL defensemen with 18 points on six goals and 12 assists.

LaBarbera improved his record to 7-1-0, beating Dallas for the second time this season.

The Pacific Division rivals were meeting for the third time this season, all in Dallas. The Kings have won the last two while outscoring the Stars 13-5.

Jussi Jokinen, Mike Modano and Martin Skoula scored for Dallas, 3-4-1 at home.

Stars coach Dave Tippett went with backup goalie Johan Hedberg over Marty Turco, who has been struggling with a 3.64 goals-against average and .872 save percentage. Turco allowed eight goals on 27 shots in two games against the Kings this season for a 7.05 GAA.

Hedberg also had problems with the speedy Kings, stopping only 20 of 26 shots.

Jokinen got Dallas off to a fast start, scoring his fifth goal on a breakaway at 3:51 of the first period.

The Kings drew even when Avery scored from the slot, beating an out-of-position Hedberg at 6:21.

Cowan’s deflection at 16:33 put the Kings in front for good, 2-1.

Los Angeles capitalized on a two-man advantage at 8:17 of the second period when Visnovsky stretched the lead to 3-1.

The Kings made it 4-1 at 9:52 of the second on Visnovsky’s second goal, but Modano got Dallas within two at 19:28.

Visnovsky completed his hat trick at 5:50 of the third period on a power play, and Demitra added his eighth at 7:14 to extend the Kings’ advantage to 6-2.

Skoula’s power-play goal at 15:17 pulled Dallas to 6-3.

Notes: The Stars were playing their 500th home game (including playoffs) since moving to Dallas in 1993. … Stars RW Bill Guerin was out due to back spasms. … The Kings were without LW Luc Robitaille (leg fracture). … Dallas had three power plays in the first seven minutes, including almost two minutes of a 5-on-3, but couldn’t get a shot on goal.

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