UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Dany Heatley's season is going so well,
he even knows when bad bounces are coming his way.
Heatley waited for a hopping puck to get through a defenseman
and onto his stick Friday and then smacked it into the net,
starting the Ottawa Senators on the way to a 6-2 victory over the
New York Islanders.
The first-period goal stretched Heatley's point streak to 20
games. He has 16 goals to go with 18 assists and is the only NHL
player to register a point in every one of his team's games this
This one couldn't have been easier for Heatley, who extended the
club-record streak he shattered seven games earlier. Camped near
the right post during a power play, Heatley waited as a pass from
Jason Spezza got past defenseman Janne Niinimaa, who whiffed on a
"I was kind of waiting in the weeds there," Heatley said. "I
had a hunch. It was bouncing pretty funny. I thought one more
bounce over his stick and it would be there."
As if the Senators needed any more breaks. Ottawa leads the NHL
with 96 goals and has given up a league-low 43. Having Dominik
Hasek backing you up helps, too. The 40-year-old goalie made 31
"They sprung a couple of guys once in a while, but we know Dom
is there and he's going to make some great saves," captain Daniel
Alfredsson said. "Our defense has been overshadowed because we
have such a great offense."
On Friday it came from some unlikely sources, too.
"Our players took it as an opportunity to play a solid two-way
game," coach Bryan Murray said. "That was as solid as we've
played as a group all season."
Varada, known more for penalties than points, came in with just
two assists but he restored Ottawa's lead with a second-period goal
that made it 2-1. He then helped set up Peter Schaefer with 1:49
left in the frame.
Spezza had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who scored
three power-play goals for the fourth time this season. Ottawa is
24-3-8 against New York in the last 35 meetings.
"They outskated and outworked us," Islanders forward Mark
Parrish said. "We didn't win the one-on-one battles in front of
our net or in front of their net."
Rick DiPietro made 40 saves for the Islanders in his 100th NHL
The Senators came in with the NHL's fifth-worst road power play,
having connected just six times in 51 chances. But they were
clicking from the start against the Islanders, whom they defeated
6-0 at home on Nov. 5. Ottawa (17-3) scored three times in 10
chances in that one and went 3-for-6 in the rematch.
"The power play was probably the best we've had it all year,"
Alexei Yashin, second on the Senators' career list in goals,
assists and points, got New York even at 1 with his 11th. Alexei
Zhitnik also scored for the Islanders, who heard boos at home in a
second straight loss at Nassau Coliseum following a 3-1 road trip.
"After these last two games, we have to regroup quickly,"
Yashin tied it when he took a perfect pass from Radek Martinek
in front and steered it past Hasek with 5:40 remaining in the
Varada, who had no goals and 31 penalty minutes in 20 games
against the Islanders, scored his first since Dec. 8, 2003, to make
it 2-1 just 4:59 into the second period. His pass in front hit the
skate of the defenseman Zhitnik and slipped past DiPietro.
Eaves scored his second at 8:15 before Zhitnik got the Islanders
back within a goal at 14:02.
Schaefer sent a changeup shot from the slot off DiPietro's glove
and in to make it 4-2, and Spezza and Hamel added third-period
"The turning point was the second period with all the
penalties," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "We took some
silly, needless penalties there."
Redden, a 1995 first-round pick of the Islanders, missed
the game due to a bruised knee. He is expected to be out at least a
week. Havlat, who hurt his left hamstring Tuesday in the first
period at Carolina, is day to day. ... Islanders RW Eric Godard
fought Senators RW Brian McGrattan just 2:57 in. The two enforcers,
who have combined to score one NHL goal in 87 games, also squared
off earlier this season.
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Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Location: Uniondale, New York
Referees: Blaine Angus, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Brian Mach, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 15,654 (96.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Dany Heatley (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Spezza, Zdeno Chara
Alexei Yashin (10)
Assists: Radek Martinek, Mark Parrish
Vaclav Varada (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Peter Schaefer, Bryan Smolinski
Patrick Eaves (1)
Assists: Antoine Vermette, Chris Phillips
Alexei Zhitnik (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Brent Sopel, Mark Parrish
Peter Schaefer (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Vaclav Varada, Bryan Smolinski
Jason Spezza (8)
Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Andrej Meszaros