TORONTO (AP) -- Dany Heatley took advantage of the new NHL and
had a lot of fun at Toronto's expense.
Heatley scored four consecutive goals to lead the Ottawa
Senators to a 8-0 rout over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
"I'm a fan of the rules," Heatley said smiling. "It's been an
exciting month in the NHL."
He netted his first on a rebound when goalie Ed Belfour failed
to catch a puck after initially making a glove save. Heatley made
it 4-0 at 1:16 of the second period after Toronto's defense failed
to check him in front of the net.
The next goal came after he fell down but still scored on a
one-timer from the circle at 4:19 of the second.
Heatley recorded his career-high fourth goal on a breakaway at
5:33 of the third. He is the first NHL player with four goals in a
game since Vancouver's Daniel Sedin did it Feb. 24, 2004, versus
"Dany was Dany tonight. He was flying. He had the one-timer
going," Ottawa's Jason Spezza said. "I was just a spectator
Acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Marian Hossa, Heatley
entered with two career hat tricks, his last coming on Jan. 23,
2003, at the New York Rangers. He has eight goals in nine games
with the Senators.
Heatley asked the Thrashers to trade him because he wanted a
fresh start after the 2003 car wreck that killed Atlanta teammate
Dan Snyder while Heatley was driving.
"It's a great league starting up again," Heatley said. "I had
a lot of fun."
The Maple Leafs lost at home by eight goals for the first time
since falling 10-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on March, 18, 1989.
"It was pretty lousy, maybe worst than that," Toronto coach
Pat Quinn said. "We have to start playing like a team."
Backup Mikael Tellqvist replaced Belfour after Heatley's third
goal. Belfour allowed five goals on 15 shots.
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 NHL
list. The Senators improved to 3-0 over their provincial rivals.
"That's all they talk about," Heatley said of Ottawa fans.
"I grew up just down the road in Hamilton, so I grew up
watching the Leafs. I kind of know how Tie fights," said
McGrattan, who broke an AHL single-season record with 551 penalty
"The kid got his arm out of the sweater somehow, and landed a
good punch," Quinn said.
Some observers noted they hadn't seen Domi bleed in years.
"I'm not a figure skater. I still have a reputation," Domi
said. "I throw down my gloves once in a while. You got to give
that that kid credit. He's done what he had to do to stick around
in the NHL. I've been there before."
Daniel Alfredsson made it 7-0 at 8:34 of the third, and Chris
Kelly made it 8-0 less than two minutes later. Fans jeered when it
was announced it was the last minute of the third period.
Mike Fisher gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 1:39 of the first. Belfour
failed to clear the puck from his end and passed it to Alfredsson.
He centered a pass to Fisher, who scored on a one-timer.
Belak, Toronto's other enforcer, had his nose broken in a
fight in Thursday's loss to Boston. ... Toronto's Mariusz
Czerkawski (shoulder) and Aki Berg (ribs) didn't play. ... Kelly
scored his first goal.