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Sunday, 10.30.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ottawa's Dany Heatley is enjoying his new home - and the new-look NHL.

Heatley looks to build on the most prolific offensive game of his career as the Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers.

Heatley scored four consecutive goals in Ottawa's 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. He became the first NHL player with four goals in a game since Vancouver's Daniel Sedin did it Feb. 24, 2004 against Detroit.

"Dany was Dany tonight. He was flying. He had the one-timer going," Ottawa's Jason Spezza said. "I was just a spectator tonight."

Heatley scored his first goal at 15:36 of the first period and his career-best fourth at 5:33 of the third. Heatley, who recorded his third career hat trick, said that he likes the NHL's new rules, which are designed to create faster and higher-scoring games.

"I'm a fan of the rules," he said smiling. "It's been an exciting month in the NHL."

Heatley, whose last hat trick came on Jan. 23, 2003, at the New York Rangers, has eight goals in nine games with the Senators.

"It's a great league starting up again," Heatley said. "I had a lot of fun."

Chris Kelly scored his first goal for Ottawa, and Dominik Hasek made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season and 65th of his career, one behind Patrick Roy for 13th on the all-time list.

The Senators have won all four home games this season, outscoring opponents 20-9.

The Flyers lost 8-6 to the surprising Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Jonathan Sim scored twice for the Flyers, who were coming off an overtime home win against Florida on Thursday.

Philadelphia, which has won four of six, blew an early 2-0 lead and a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.

"I think you should win if you have a two-goal lead," Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg said. "When you stop playing and stop working hard, that's when the other team is going to be all over you the whole time."

After going the first seven games this season without a goal, Forsberg has one in each of the past two games. He has recorded at least one point in eight of nine games, and is among the league leaders with 17 points.

STANDINGS: Flyers - 11 points, 3rd place, 4 PB, Atlantic Division. Senators - 16 points, 1st place, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 9 goals; Forsberg, 15 assists and 17 points; Donald Brashear, 22 PIM. Senators - Heatley, 8 goals; Spezza, 11 assists; Heatley and Spezza, 16 points; Chris Neil, 31 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 28): Flyers - Power play: 18.3 percent (13 for 71), 14th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 74.6 percent (47 for 63), 29th. Senators - Power play: 21.1 percent (11 for 52), 6th (tied). Penalty killing: 87 percent (47 for 54), 7th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (3-2-1, 3.16 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (2-1-0, 4.59). Senators - Hasek (6-1-0, 2, 1.68); Ray Emery (2-0-0, 2.44).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Senators, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: April 2, 2004; Senators, 3-1. At Philadelphia, Zdeno Chara had a goal and an assist, and Martin Prusek made 39 saves for Ottawa.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 1-2-1 on the road; Senators - 4-0-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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