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Heatley keeps on scoring as Ottawa keeps on winning

By wire services
Published November 11, 2005

BOSTON - Dany Heatley scored two goals and set a franchise record for consecutive games with a point in leading the Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday. Heatley has scored in all 14 games this season and has 13 goals and 26 points.

Heatley had a turbulent 2003-04 after he was involved in a fatal car crash at the start of training camp. He played only 31 games because of several injuries and was traded in the offseason from Atlanta.

The Senators won their fourth straight and are 9-0 against Northeast teams. The Bruins lost in regulation for the first time since Oct.20 after earning a point in nine consecutive games.

But they got back center Alexei Zhamnov, who had missed the season with a bruised shoulder, and goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who had missed six games with a strained left hamstring.

Bryan Smolinski, Peter Schaefer and Martin Havlat scored in a span of 4:55 in the second to put Ottawa up 4-1. After Smolinski made it 2-1, Wade Redden passed to a streaking Havlat, who hit the post. Schaefer knocked in the rebound for a short-handed goal.

PREDATORS 5, STARS 3: Steve Sullivan scored two of his three goals on the power play for host Nashville. Sullivan tied it at 2 6:15 into the second but missed a chance to give Nashville the lead when his penalty shot soon after went high and wide. Marek Zidlicky tied it at 3 for the Predators 15 seconds into the third. And Sullivan made it 4-3 with 9:49 left on the power play with a wrist shot from the left side of the net. He finished his hat trick with 2:50 left.

PENGUINS 3, CANADIENS 2 (SO): Sidney Crosby got the only goal of the shootout for host Pittsburgh, which ended Montreal's five-game win streak. Montreal tied it on Chris Higgins' one-timer from the right circle off Andrei Markov's pass with 3:31 left in regulation. After Jose Theodore stopped Mark Recchi and Mario Lemieux in the shootout, Crosby skated to the right of the crease, switched from forehand to backhand and put it in.

FLYERS 3, ISLANDERS 2: Patrick Sharp scored twice, including the winner, for Philadelphia, which has won eight consecutive home games. Down 2-0 after being outshot 20-5 in the first, the Flyers tied it with 3:07 left in the second. Rick DiPietro stopped R.J. Umberger's breakaway, but Jeff Carter flipped the rebound in off defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. Sharp put the Flyers ahead 2:36 into the third with a slap shot from the right circle.

FLAMES 4, COYOTES 3: Jarome Iginla had two assists and scored the winner on a penalty shot for visiting Calgary. Leading 3-1 3:39 into the third, Iginla got a penalty shot when defenseman Paul Mara covered the puck in the crease while sweeping it away as it crossed the goal line. Iginla skated straight in along the slot and beat Curtis Joseph to the goalie's left.

AVALANCHE 5, CANUCKS 3: Visiting Colorado scored four goals in the first 13 minutes. Ian Laperriere made it 1-0 46 seconds in after being left alone at the side of the net. A rebound bounced in off Joe Sakic at 3:49. Marek Svatos made it 3-0 on a two-on-none break after Ed Jovanovski gave the puck away then fell. Antti Laaksonen made it 4-0 by driving around Jovanovski and banking a shot in off goalie Alex Auld.

BLACKHAWKS 4, BLUES 2: Jim Vandermeer scored twice for visiting Chicago, which handed St. Louis its franchise-record 10th consecutive loss. With the score 1-1, Vandermeer was credited with a goal when St. Louis' Mark Rycroft tapped the puck past Patrick Lalime while trying to skate it out of trouble. Vandermeer's shot from the point through traffic midway through the second made it 3-2 for the Blackhawks, who have won consecutive games for the first time since February 2004.

Top pick of 2003 recalled

PITTSBURGH - Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the top overall pick in 2003, was recalled by the Penguins. He replaces Sebastien Caron, who strained a quadriceps early in the third of Wednesday's 5-0 loss in Atlanta. Fleury, 20, was 0-1-1 with a 4.05 goals-against average in three Penguins games last month. But he has been the AHL's best goaltender, going 7-0-1 with a 1.49 GAA and .938 save percentage.

BLUE JACKETS: Defenseman Rostislav Klesla is expected to miss six weeks after breaking his left hand in a fight with St. Louis' Eric Brewer on Wednesday. Klesla, who missed the first 12 games with a stress fracture in his right leg, has a goal and even plus-minus rating in four games.

CAPITALS: Defenseman Mike Green was sent to Hershey. In 11 games, he has no points and was a minus-8.

[Last modified November 11, 2005, 01:19:18]


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