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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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