Heatley's streak won't be greatest

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

Dany Heatley insists Wayne Gretzky's record is safe.

The Senators winger pushed his scoring streak to a team-record 14 straight games by scoring twice in Ottawa's 5-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday night. But Heatley hasn't set his sights on Gretzky's 51-game streak with Edmonton Oilers in 1982-83.

During his NHL record point scoring streak, Gretzky notched an astounding 61 goals and 92 assists.

"No, I think that one is safe. That's pretty untouchable," said Heatley. "I don't think I'm going to be breaking that one. I'm pretty sure that one of Gretzky's 60-odd records that is safe. You don't even think about that stuff when you're playing."

By comparison, Heatley has 13 goals and 13 assists through his hot stretch, which matches the second- longest streak in history with a new team. That record also belongs to Gretzky, who had points in 23 straight games with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

Heatley, who was obtained from the Thrashers in the summer for winger Marian Hossa (who set the old team mark of 13 games in 2002) and defenceman Greg de Vries, had a previous career-best streak of seven games.

"I don't want to downplay the (team) record and I am happy to have it, but it's not something that you think about," said Heatley. "You just want to make sure the team is successful."

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