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NFL: Heatley scores two goals, Senators shine in Sweden

AP , STOCKHOLM AND PRAGUE

Dany Heatley scored two more goals and Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists for the Senators, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 to split their NHL opening weekend series on Sunday.

Heatley, who also had a goal in Ottawa’s 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, helped the Senators take three of four points during the season-opening European series.

“As a group it was a big weekend for us,” Heatley said. “We were hungry for these two games. Even if we only got one point last night we felt we worked hard. We played well and could easily have won that game. We tried really to come on and battle as a group, and we did a good job at that.”

Alex Goligoski spoiled Ottawa goalie Alex Auld’s shutout bid with a power-play goal just 2 seconds before the final buzzer in front of another sold-out crowd of 13,699 at Globe Arena.

Heatley gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:07 in the second period. Alfredsson started the play with a pass from the left circle to Jason Spezza just beside the goal. Heatley, left unchecked on the other side, took a pass from Spezza and put the puck between goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs.

RANGERS 2, LIGHTNING 1

Wade Redden and Scott Gomez each scored second-period goals as the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Sunday to sweep their two-game, season-opening series in Europe.

The Lightning had only three shots on goal in the opening period, but went up 1-0 when Adam Hall scored after Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist partially blocked Andrej Meszaros’ shot with 1:43 remaining.

Redden, who signed a six-year, US$39 million free-agent deal with the Rangers, tied it with a power-play goal 3:47 into the second period when he blasted a shot past Lightning goalie Olaf Kolzig off a pass from Markus Naslund.

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