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Ray Emery won his NHL-record ninth straight game to start his career, stopping 27 shots to lead the Senators to a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night in Ottawa.

The 23-year-old Emery broke the record of eight straight wins set by Philadelphia's Bob Froese during the 1982-83 season. Emery is 6-0 this season after winning once in 2002-03 and twice in 2003-04.

Dany Heatley extended his point streak to 21 games, and Jason Spezza scored for the fifth straight game and picked up his 30th assist on Daniel Alfredsson's team-leading 20th goal.

Heatley, the other winger on Ottawa's potent top line, also drew an assist on Alfredsson's goal 5:45 into the second period, prompting a loud cheer from the record crowd of 19,858. He is the only player in the league to record a point in each of his team's games this season.

Acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Marian Hossa before the season, Heatley is within one game of tying the record for the longest point streak with a new team. Wayne Gretzky had a 22-game streak to begin his stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988-89.

Martin Havlat and Mike Fisher also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa.

Sabres 3, Penguins 2 -- Ales Kotalik's power-play goal early in the third period gave Buffalo its first win in Pittsburgh in nearly five years.

With goalie Martin Biron winning his fourth in a row by making 30 saves, the Sabres ended an 0-5-2 winless run in Pittsburgh since they last won there Dec. 2, 2000.

Mario Lemieux returned after missing one game and two of his previous four with the flu, but was held without a goal for his sixth consecutive game and the seventh time in eight games.

Flyers 4, Islanders 3 -- Simon Gagne scored his NHL-leading 22d and 23d goals -- including the winner with 7:13 left -- as Philadelphia rallied to win at Uniondale, N.Y.

Gagne, who also assisted on Joni Pitkanen's goal, took a pass in front from Jon Sim and beat Garth Snow to give Philadelphia its only lead.

New York nearly tied it with 0.2 seconds left, but a video review revealed the puck didn't go in.

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 -- Joe Sakic scored the tiebreaking goal with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period, leading Colorado at Edmonton.

Sakic's patented wrist shot from the high slot was his second straight winning goal.

Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 3 -- Frantisek Kaberle scored 32 seconds into overtime to give visiting Carolina the victory.

Eric Staal had two goals in Carolina's first victory over Atlanta in three meetings this season.

Predators 2, Flames 0 -- Tomas Vokoun (13-4-2) made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season to lift Nashville over visiting Calgary.

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