Heatley in Sens heaven

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

If the Ottawa Senators' No. 15 keeps humiliating the hated Maple Leafs like this, they might just change the name of the Corel Centre to The House That Heatley Built.

At worst, they might start sculpting a statue of him on Parliament Hill after his four-goal performance against the brutal Leafs last night.

It may be just three months since Dany Heatley arrived in Ottawa from Atlanta, but, in that brief time, the young superstar knows this much.

For Senators fans, there is nothing sweeter than embarrassing their provincial rivals from Toronto.

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"That's all they talk about," Heatley said after the Sens' 8-0 thrashing of the Leafs. "I look forward to seeing them (today). They are great fans back home."

Teamed with the electrifying Jason Spezza, Heatley stole the show in what was one of the most outstanding individual performances in the young history of the Air Canada Centre. He notched the natural hat trick by scoring three consecutive times, then added the next one to give him four.

"I've never had a four-goal game at this level," said Heatley, who registered his third career hat trick. "I think I had one in junior but never in college or in the pros.

"I think we just came out strong. We were prepared, and it was fun. I think the new rules are enjoyable not just for us, but for the fans too."

When shrewd Sens general manager John Muckler dealt Marian Hossa and Greg DeVries to Atlanta for Heatley during the off-season, some observers wondered who would get the better of the deal.

The capacity crowd at the ACC last night could answer that after watching Heatley and company run the Leafs right out of their own rink.

If Leafs coach Pat Quinn could take any consolation out of this stinker, it would revolve around the fact that Heatley almost certainly will be playing for him during the Turin Olympics this winter. Given the fine chemistry he has shown with Spezza, perhaps both will be selected as a package.

"I think that's a great idea," Spezza said.

Pity the opposition in Turin if Spezza and Heatley keep up this pace.


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