BOSTON (AP) -- Dany Heatley has made the most of his fresh start.
"When I saw him in training camp, he didn't look like a special
player," Senators goalie Dominik Hasek said, laughing. "He is a
great stickhandler, knows where to be on the ice and where to shoot
Heatley has scored in all 14 games for Ottawa this season, and
has 13 goals and 26 points.
"With the year off, I think most guys were excited to get
going, but coming to Ottawa, a new place, made me even more
excited," said Heatley, who had a turbulent 2003-04 season after
he was involved in a fatal car accident at the start of training
camp and played only 31 games after battling through injuries.
The Senators won their fourth straight and improved to 9-0
against Northeast Division teams.
"We go 4 to 5 minutes in a row killing penalties and then you
face that line," Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "It makes it
real tough, almost impossible.
After Smolinski put Ottawa ahead 2-1, Wade Redden passed to a
streaking Havlat, who hit the post. Schaefer knocked the rebound
for a short-handed goal.
The Bruins lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 20
against Buffalo. Boston had recorded a point in nine straight
"All three are dynamic players and great 1-on-1 players,"
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "No matter who plays against them
on any given night, they have their hands full."
Havlat scored his seventh goal in the second-period run for
Ottawa, who have had eight different players score in two victories
against the Bruins this season.
Ottawa went 0-for-7 on the power play and Boston has now killed
off 48 of its last 52 short-handed situations.
Free-agent acquisition Alexei Zhamnov played his first game for
The Senators were playing their first game in five days and
looked rusty in the first period, getting outshot by Boston 17-5.
Raycroft returned to the Bruins' lineup after missing six
games with a hamstring injury. ... Ottawa is the only team which
has all its players with a positive or even plus/minus rating. ...
Newly inducted Hall-of Famer Cam Neely dropped a ceremonial first
puck. ... Havlat was playing his first game against Boston since
being suspended for five games for kicking defenseman Hal Gill.