Captain Daniel Alfredsson scored in the third round of the shootout as the Ottawa Senators spoiled Dany Heatley’s return to Canada’s capital city and collected their first win of the season by rallying for a 4-3 triumph over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
With Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza scoring on their shootout attempts, Alfredsson ended the game after tucking the puck past Niklas Backstrom. Had the veteran Swede failed in his attempt, Heatley would’ve had a chance to extend the contest.
Heatley, who set up Devin Setoguchi’s goal with 49 seconds left in the first period, spent four seasons with the Senators before requesting a trade in 2009. Although it was Heatley’s second game back in Ottawa, the fans at ScotiabankPlace voiced their displeasure with the way he left them.
Chris Neil and Colin Greening scored just over two minutes apart in the third period for Ottawa, which has scored 10 of its 11 goals this season in the final period of regulation.
Nick Foligno also scored, Peter Regin collected a pair of assists and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots for the Senators.
Kyle Brodziak and Nick Johnson scored and Backstrom stopped 41 shots for Minnesota, which dropped its sixth straight to Ottawa.