Daniel Alfredsson scored his second power-play goal of the game with 2:56 remaining to lift Ottawa to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night in a matchup of the league's top two teams.
Ottawa leads the Eastern Conference with 62 points, second overall to Detroit's total of 70 atop the West.
Alfredsson was cautious about putting too much stock in the game's significance. "I don't think it was more important but I think that we knew of their record coming in," he said. "They haven't lost a lot of games in regulation, they're playing really well, they've got a lot of players that are fun to watch and very good defensively so I think that got us ready. We really respected their team, there's no question, and I think we played our best game in quite a while."
Alfredsson restored Ottawa's lead with his 28th goal of the season after the Senators blew a 2-0 advantage earlier in the period. The Ottawa captain also scored on a slap shot from the point past former teammate Dominik Hasek to open the scoring just 1:04 in.
Mike Fisher also scored and had an assist for Ottawa as he and Alfredsson extended their scoring streaks to nine games.
"I don't know if they played their best game, we certainly didn't play our best game, especially in the first 40 minutes," Hasek said. "I think it was a little bit disappointing for everyone in the locker room."
Emery, Hasek's backup with Ottawa during the first half of the 2005-06 season, made 27 saves for his third straight win as the Senators extended their winning streak to four.