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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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