Separated shoulder to sideline Heatley for 4-6 weeks

Updated: January 13, 2008, 10:00 PM ET
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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators' big win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night came at the cost of one of their top players.

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The Senators' Dany Heatley will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder.

He missed Sunday's 3-1 loss against the New York Islanders, ending a streak of 205 straight games with the Senators.

Heatley crashed into the end boards with Detroit forward Dallas Drake in the second period of Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Red Wings. He was slouched over when he left the ice, favoring his right shoulder.

It's a significant loss for the Senators (29-10-4), who hold a seven-point lead atop the Eastern Conference. The 26-year-old has 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 43 games this season, good for seventh place in the NHL scoring race. Heatley also is second in the league with a plus/minus rating of plus-31.

"You take a 50-goal man out of your lineup, other guys have to step up and score," linemate Jason Spezza said. "Everybody has to kind of pick up a little bit of the slack. Every team goes through injuries, and we're going to have to do the same thing. We'll just have to deal with it."

Heatley joined the Senators in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers in August 2005 and has recorded 264 points (125 goals, 139 assists) with the team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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