OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators celebrated their 20th home opener in style as Daniel Alfredsson scored the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Nick Foligno, Chris Neil and Colin Greening scored for the Senators (1-2-0) in regulation while goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots.
Greening tied the game on the power play 8:22 into the third to force extra time after digging the puck out from his feet and getting a quick wrist shot past Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.
Kyle Brodziak, Devin Setoguchi and Nick Johnson scored for the Wild (1-2-0), while Backstrom made 41 saves.
For the third straight game the Senators found themselves trailing early as Brodziak gave the Wild a 1-0 lead before the halfway mark of the first period.
Setoguchi made it 2-0 for Minnesota with a power-play goal with less than one minute remaining in the first period. Dany Heatley, who was booed all night, picked up an assist on the goal. It was Heatley's second game back in Ottawa since asking to be traded in the summer of 2009.
Both teams looked flat to start the second as the Senators failed to register a single shot on its power play, but Ottawa found some energy by the half-way mark and outshot the Wild 13–2.
Foligno picked up his first of the season as he dug the puck from out front and knocked it in to make it 2-1. Peter Regin, playing his first regular season game since last February, picked up an assist.
Johnson made it 3-1 minutes into the third. David Rundblad, playing his first NHL game, did his best to stop the puck from crossing the line, but the replay showed it had already fully crossed the goal-line.
The Senators made it 3-2 on a goal by Neil that was initially waved off, but was then allowed after a review.
Notes: The Senators were without C Jesse Winchester (shoulder, day-to-day) and D Matt Carkner (knee, 4 weeks). RW Bobby Butler, LW Nikita Filatov and D Brian Lee were a healthy scratch. … Minnesota was without C Cody Almond (back, indefinite) and D Mike Lundin (back, indefinite). RW Brad Staubitz, D Justin Falk and C Pierre-Marc Bouchard were all a healthy scratch. ... Members of the inaugural Ottawa team were on hand including Laurie Boschman, the Senators' first team captain.