Kovalev's four goals spark Senators' win over Flyers

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Alexei Kovalev scored a career-high four goals and made an assist as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Sunday.

"All I can say is that it's a good way to start 2010," Kovalev told reporters. "Hopefully, that's the way it's going to go for me the rest of the season."

The Senators forward scored twice in a four-goal Ottawa first period, then two more in the third, when the hosts scored three times to break a 4-4 tie.

His fourth goal, his 11th of the season, came with 7:02 to play.

Kovalev had not scored a goal since he completed a hat-trick against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 12.

He now has 12 career hat-tricks.

Team mate Chris Kelly added two goals and an assist.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)