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Sunday, 10.30.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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