OTTAWA – Dany Heatley scored twice and Dominik Hasek made 28 saves, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night which featured several fights in a penalty-filled third period.

Brandon Bochenski, Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa, which was shut out for the first time this season on Thursday in a 3-0 loss in Boston.

Los Angeles, which has lost four of five, extended its season-high losing streak to three in the only meeting between the teams this season.

Heatley, who failed to record a point Thursday for the first time in 23 games this season, scored one of the Senators’ two power-play goals in the first period.

Pavol Demitra got his 14th on a power play 7:02 into the second to draw the Kings within 2-1.

Hasek came way out of his net later in the period and sprawled across the ice to take away a breakaway scoring chance from Alexander Frolov.

The spectacular play proved big as Vermette scored on a short-handed breakaway at 18:25 to give Ottawa a 3-1 advantage. The Senators put it out of reach in the third with goals 15 seconds apart by Heatley – his second of the game, and 19th of the season – and Fisher.

It was the first interconference game for both teams, and tensions festered early as Fisher fought with Kings agitator Sean Avery 4:11 in, moments after Fisher’s hit upended Eric Belanger.

The bad blood continued later when Ottawa right wing Chris Neil was given a game misconduct and a major penalty just 38 seconds into the third after his check from behind sent Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown into the boards in front of the Kings’ bench.

Avery, who was ejected later in the period, was at the center of things at 5:21 when he and Senators defenseman Andrej Meszaros were penalized for a shoving scrum that saw Hasek’s helmet come flying off when he went behind the net to confront Avery.

Hasek went crashing to the ice at 12:07 after Craig Conroy’s skate hit him in the mask when the Kings center was upended by Heatley when he passed through the crease.

Kelly and Kings left wing Jeff Cowan were given fighting majors at 16:31. Just nine seconds later, Senators defenseman Zdeno Chara fought Tim Gleason, a former Ottawa draft pick.

The 6-foot-9 Chara was given an instigating penalty, a fighting major, a misconduct and a game misconduct.

Senators backup Ray Emery replaced Hasek at that point and made three saves to finish the game, which ended with a scrum of all players on the ice behind the Ottawa net amid dropped gloves and sticks.

Lightning 3, ‘Hawks 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Brad Richards scored the deciding goal in the shootout and John Grahame won his seventh straight decision in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Richards gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead through two rounds of the shootout. Grahame then stopped Mark Bell to give Tampa Bay the victory.

Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Lightning, who have won eight of 10.

Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t play, but got his Stanley Cup ring before the morning skate from Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster.

It’s the first time Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million free-agent contract with the Blackhawks in August, would have faced his old team since he and Tampa Bay beat Calgary in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals.

Khabibulin is scheduled to start Saturday at Florida. Backup Craig Anderson stopped 25 Lightning shots.

Chicago got goals from Brent Seabrook and Bell, who has nine goals and 14 points during an eight-game point streak.

The Blackhawks had a potential go-ahead goal with 11:25 left disallowed following a video review when it was ruled that Matthew Barnaby intentionally redirected the puck into the net with his glove. Duncan Keith also hit the crossbar with 4:24 to go in overtime.

Grahame made 34 saves, including one on Kyle Calder during a 2-on-1 seven minutes into the game. His winning streak is one short of matching the team record of eight set by Khabibulin in 2004.

St. Louis put the Lightning ahead 1-0 during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:25 of the first. He has five goals in eight games since missing two with a broken bone near the tip of his left ring finger.

Seabrook tied it at 1 during a delayed penalty with 1:22 left in the first.

The Lightning went back up 2-1 on Lecavalier’s goal at 12:18 of the second. It was just his second goal in 13 games.

Bell’s goal with 26.9 seconds remaining in the second made it 2-all.

Sharks 5, Sabres 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Joe Thornton had two assists in his debut with San Jose, setting up Jonathan Cheechoo twice, and the Sharks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 5-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves for his fourth win of the season – and first since Oct. 15 against Chicago – but left with 11:20 remaining. He went directly to the dressing room, and backup Nolan Schaefer finished the game.

Grant Stevenson, Milan Michalek, and Nicholas Dimitrakos also scored for the Sharks, who won for the first time since an overtime victory against Anaheim Nov. 4.

Thornton, acquired Wednesday in a four-player, blockbuster deal with the Boston Bruins, started at center between his cousin Scott Thornton and Cheechoo. The former Bruins captain hit the outside edge of the goal post with a slap shot from the blue line just nine seconds in.

The Sabres had their five-game winning streak snapped, and looked sluggish after beating Montreal in overtime Thursday night. It was also Buffalo’s first loss in regulation in 10 games (8-1-1).

San Jose (9-12-4), the last place-team in the Pacific Division, scored four goals in the first 111/2 minutes, including three in a 2-minute span to chase goalie Mika Noronen. Noronen made his first start since injuring his groin in a shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Nov. 22, and appeared to be hampered while stopping only seven of 11 shots. Martin Biron relieved Noronen after Dimitrakos’ goal made it 4-0.

The Sharks increased their lead to five just over 2 minutes into the second period on a two-man advantage when Cheechoo scored his second of the game and ninth of the season. Standing to the right of Biron, Cheechoo banged home Thornton’s slick cross-ice pass from the bottom of the right circle.

San Jose won for the first time in 12 tries in Buffalo, the only NHL city where they had never registered a point.

Notes: Buffalo RW J.P. Dumont was diagnosed with a sports hernia that will most likely require surgery. He hasn’t played since Nov. 17. … Sabres forward Chris Thorburn made his NHL debut after being called up from Rochester of the AHL earlier in the day. … Nabokov was 0-6-4 since his last win. … Buffalo’s last loss in regulation was a 6-1 defeat in Ottawa on Nov. 12.

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