Heatley slams four straight as Senators crush Leafs
TORONTO (Reuters) – Dany Heatley blasted four goals in a
row as the Ottawa Senators hammered the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-0
in the National Hockey League on Saturday.
Daniel Alfredsson fired a goal and had two assists, while
Dominik Hasek made 27 saves for his 65th career shutout as the
Senators beat their provincial rivals for the third time in as
many times this season.
Ottawa led 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 after two
periods, with Heatley scoring the last goal of the first
period, the only two goals of the second and the first of the
“It was a lot of fun tonight,” Heatley, who joined the
Senators in an off-season trade from the Atlanta Thrashers,
“I’m having a lot of fun here. This (Ottawa) is a great
city, these are great teammates and it’s been a great
experience so far.”
Heatley’s big night gives him 16 points in his first nine
games as a Senator, including eight goals, as the Senators look
to finally get the better of the Maple Leafs in the playoffs,
after losing to them four straight times in the post-season.
“We’re not intimidated by them,” Heatley said. “We’re out
to get as many points against them as possible.”
Ottawa out-shot the Maple Leafs 33-27, with Mike Fisher,
Chris Neil and Chris Kelly scoring the other goals for the
Senators, 8-1-0 to start the season.
Ed Belfour started in goal for the Maple Leafs, but was
pulled after Heatley’s third of the game made it 5-0 early in
the second period. He allowed five goals on 15 shots before
being replaced by Mikael Tellqvist.
Fisher opened the scoring at 1:39 of the opening period and
Neil followed with his goal at 5:09, with the Leafs never
recovering from their poor start. Toronto slipped to 5-4-3 with
their second straight loss.
In Chicago, Robert Lang, Kirk Maltby, Henrik Zetterberg and
Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Detroit Red Wings in their 4-2
win over the Blackhawks. Chris Osgood made 23 saves.
Tyler Arnason and Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves.
In Boston, Brian Gionta scored in the shutout and Viktor
Kozlov scored twice in regulation as the New Jersey Devils beat
the Bruins 5-4.
Jay Pandolfo and Alexander Mogilny scored the other goals
for the Devils. Scott Clemmensen made 27 saves.
P.J. Axelsson, Joe Thornton, Glen Murray and Sergei
Samsonov scored for the Bruins. Hannu Toivonen made 30 saves.
In Montreal, Dominic Moore scored twice as the New York
Rangers beat the Canadiens 5-2.
Jaromir Jagr, Martin Rucinsky and Steve Rucchin scored the
other goals for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves.
Alexei Kovalev and Richard Zednik scored for the Canadiens.
In Uniondale, Ales Kotalik scored twice as the Buffalo
Sabres beat the New York Islanders 6-4.
J.P. Dumont, Jochen Hecht, Daniel Briere and Tim Connolly
scored the other goals for the Sabres. Martin Biron made 33
Miroslav Satan, Alexei Zhitnik, Robert Nilsson and Alexei
Yashin scored for the Islanders.
In Atlanta, Fredrik Modin scored two goals including the
game winner at 7:03 in the third as the Tampa Bay Lightning
beat the Thrashers 3-2.
In Pittsburgh, Eric Staal had four assists as the Carolina
Hurricanes beat the Penguins 5-3.
In Nashville, Ales Hemsky had one goal and three assists as
the Edmonton Oilers beat the Predators 5-1.
In St. Paul, Minn. Todd White scored twice as the Minnesota
Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
The game at Sunrise between the Florida Panthers and the
Washington Capitals was postponed due to the effects of
Hurricane Wilma earlier in the week.