Ottawa’s Dany Heatley is enjoying his new home—and the new-look NHL.
Heatley looks to build on the most prolific offensive game of his career as the Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers.
Heatley scored four consecutive goals in Ottawa’s 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. He became the first NHL player with four goals in a game since Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin did it Feb. 24, 2004 against Detroit.
“Dany was Dany tonight. He was flying. He had the one-timer going,” Ottawa’s Jason Spezza said. “I was just a spectator tonight.”
Heatley scored his first goal at 15:36 of the first period and his career-best fourth at 5:33 of the third. Heatley, who recorded his third career hat trick, said that he likes the NHL’s new rules, which are designed to create faster and higher-scoring games.
“I’m a fan of the rules,” he said smiling. “It’s been an exciting month in the NHL.”
Heatley, whose last hat trick came on Jan. 23, 2003, at the New York Rangers, has eight goals in nine games with the Senators.
“It’s a great league starting up again,” Heatley said. “I had a lot of fun.”
The Senators have won all four home games this season, outscoring opponents 20-9.
The Flyers lost 8-6 to the surprising Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Jonathan Sim scored twice for the Flyers, who were coming off an overtime home win against Florida on Thursday.
Philadelphia, which has won four of six, blew an early 2-0 lead and a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.
“I think you should win if you have a two-goal lead,” Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg said. “When you stop playing and stop working hard, that’s when the other team is going to be all over you the whole time.”
After going the first seven games this season without a goal, Forsberg has one in each of the past two games. He has recorded at least one point in eight of nine games, and is among the league leaders with 17 points.