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Ottawa at Toronto

Heatley starts fat deal with two goals, including overtime winner

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Dany Heatley didn't take long to justify the Ottawa Senators' faith in him.

Heatley tied the game late in the third period and then scored 2:57 into overtime to give the Senators a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, he and the Senators agreed on a six-year, $45 million contract extension.

"It was nice, it was nice," Heatley said of his big day. "I had a couple of shots early and didn't get the shots through. It was nice to get a couple of chances in the third (and in overtime) and finish."

Heatley ended the game by burying a wrist shot from the middle of Toronto's zone between the legs of goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

"I didn't see anything on that last goal," Heatley said. "(Mike) Fisher made a great play through traffic and I just tried to get it away as fast as I could and find a hole."

The assist was Fisher's only point of the game.

"Heatley came up big for us, obviously in the third period and overtime, and showed everybody why he's a 50-goal scorer," Fisher said.

Antoine Vermette and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators, who gave John Paddock a win in his first game as their head coach.

"We finally picked up in the third," Paddock said. "We were pretty lackadaisical in the second.

"We have to play better than we did tonight in some aspects of the game, but we found a way to win, which this group has got used to doing. And I'm glad they did it tonight."

He wasn't the least bit surprised Heatley was the hero.

"That's what goal-scorers are," he said. "You saw Brett Hull many nights, you don't think he's got anything and all of sudden he gets two chances and he scores. That's Heater. They were both goal-scorer's goals."

Nik Antropov, who coach Paul Maurice put on the first line with Mats Sundin and Jason Blake, scored twice for the Maple Leafs, while Matt Stajan had the other goal.

"I thought we played a pretty good hockey game," Sundin said. "We did a lot of good things.

"I don't think there was one part of the game that we were outplayed or outmatched. We'll take the point."

Heatley has haunted the Maple Leafs throughout his career. In 25 career games against them, he has 22 goals and 19 assists.

Ottawa has won all four times it has provided the opposition for the Maple Leafs' season opener at Air Canada Centre.

Music from the bagpipes and drums of the 48th Highlanders filled the arena as has been the case at every home opener since Maple Leaf Gardens opened on Nov. 12, 1931.

Vermette opened the scoring at 7:23 with a wrist shot from the circle to the right of Raycroft that went into the far lower corner of the net.

Antropov tied it at 10:39 when his pass to the crease from the side boards deep in Ottawa's end struck Chris Phillips' skate and ricocheted past goaltender Martin Gerber.

Antropov scored again at 13:59. He was unchecked in front of Gerber when Sundin slid him the puck from behind the net and he put it between Gerber's legs.

Alfredsson made it 2-2 at 14:39 when his wrist shot from the top of the circle to the left of Raycroft found the far lower corner of the net.

Raycroft stopped Chris Kelly on a breakaway early in the second period and he came up big during a two-man Ottawa advantage that lasted 65 seconds.

The crowd got on Raycroft after Ottawa's second goal.

"I thought the first two (goals) were tough," Maurice said. "They were good shots but ... clearly he was not loved (by the crowd) early but I think he did a really good job settling into the game, and after that I thought he was very good."

Stajan put Toronto up 3-2 at 15:44 of the second when he slapped a bullet past Gerber from the middle of Ottawa's zone.

Just when it seemed the Maple Leafs might be able to run out the clock, Heatley struck. Andrej Meszaros fed him a cross-ice pass and he buried his shot in the open side of the net at 14:24 to tie it 3-3.

Notes

  • Ottawa had a 30-29 edge in shots.
  • Neither team scored on the power play, Ottawa was 0-for-4, Toronto 0-for-7.
  • Sundin had two assists to move within five points of Darryl Sittler's club-record 916.
  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance.
  • Joe Bowen, who has broadcast play-by-play of Maple Leafs games for 25 years, was honored in a pregame ceremony.
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Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley combine for five points in the first win. (US Presswire)
Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley combine for five points in the first win. (US Presswire)

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Scoreboard
Ottawa  (1-0-0) «20114
Toronto (0-0-1)21003
Three Stars
D. Heatley
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
N. Antropov
TOR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Blake
TOR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:23Antoine Vermette (1), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
10:39Nik Antropov (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Jason Blake, Mats Sundin
13:59Nik Antropov (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mats Sundin, Andy Wozniewski
14:39Daniel Alfredsson (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza
2ND PERIOD
15:43Matt Stajan (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Hal Gill, Andy Wozniewski
3RD PERIOD
14:24Dany Heatley (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips
OT
02:57Dany Heatley (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Fisher
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08.0Antropov, 2 min, Hooking
07:36Meszaros, 2 min, Holding
15:28Corvo, 2 min, Tripping
15:28Redden, 5 min, Fighting
15:28Newbury, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
03:50Meszaros, 2 min, Boarding
07:20McCabe, 2 min, Tripping
08:15Sundin, 2 min, Slashing
10:26Volchenkov, 2 min, Hooking
13:06Phillips, 2 min, Delay of Game
16:42Battaglia, 5 min, Fighting
16:42Redden, 5 min, Fighting
16:42Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
07:48Antropov, 2 min, Tripping
11:00Meszaros, 2 min, Tripping
OT
None
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Ottawa1071128
Toronto1211427
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Gerber 62:57263
Andrew Raycroft 62:57264
Game Information
Attendance - 19476
Referees - Tim Peel, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Brian Mach
 
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