BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Dominik Hasek stopped 19 shots in his
first NHL action in nearly two years, and Dany Heatley scored a
goal and added two assists for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-0 win
over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a preseason game Friday night.
Hasek, playing for the first time since a groin injury sidelined
him in 2003, and Kelly Guard combined for the shutout. Hasek
stopped 19 shots in a little under 34 minutes of play while Guard
stopped all 11 shots he faced.
"I had fun after I made a few saves," Hasek said. "They were
without a lot of their big guns. I didn't face the best shooters,
so I'm not too excited about it. I'm sure it will be different with
Mario [Lemieux] and [Sidney] Crosby in their lineup. Overall it was
a good start for me."
Brandon Borchenski scored the first Ottawa goal on the power
play late in the first period while Jason Spezza assisted on all
three goals, including an empty-netter by Zdeno Chara with less
than two minutes left in the game.
Hasek's last game was Dec. 8, 2003, when he stopped 26 shots for
the Detroit Red Wings in an overtime victory over the Los Angeles
Kings. The native of the Czech Republic attended the 2004 training
camp with the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton last fall, but
didn't play during the NHL lockout except for an appearance during
a tour of Europe by some NHL players.
The Penguins were without Lemieux and Crosby because coach Eddie
Olczyk didn't want them to play three games in a row. They both
played in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday,
and will be back in the lineup when the teams meet again Saturday
in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.