Heatley's pointed in right direction

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

BOSTON -- Getting this record would be a Great One for Dany Heatley.

The Senators winger can tie the NHL record for scoring in consecutive games with a new team when Ottawa faces the Boston Bruins tonight.

If Heatley collects a point tonight, he will extend his streak to 23 games. Wayne Gretzky established the mark in 1988-89 with the Los Angeles Kings.

Heatley moved within one game of the record by collecting an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over Montreal. If he equals the mark tonight, he will have an opportunity to break it tomorrow night against the Kings at the Corel Centre.

"Gretzky's got most of the records. If you're going to beat one, it's probably going to be one of his," Heatley said with a laugh.

EXCITING CHASE

Seriously, the former Atlanta Thrasher would be thrilled to put his name in the record book. His teammates have been giving him the gears about it, but the chase to equal Gretzky and beat his mark has created a lot of excitement.

"We've been talking about it in here and the guys know about it. They like to get it out of the way early and then they kind of give me a hard time about extending it after the first period," said Heatley.

"Yes, it would be a great thrill to get it done. He was such a great player and to have the chance to tie a record that he has is something that would mean a lot to me. I try not to think too much about it and I don't feel any extra pressure.

"This is fun. It's fun because we're winning."

ONE OF THE BEST

Coach Bryan Murray said Heatley wouldn't have a shot at the record if he wasn't among the league's elite players.

"This doesn't happen to ordinary guys," said Murray. "Dany has shown that he is a talented player and one of the top players in the league. He is a pretty special player to be able to do something like this."

It doesn't hurt that Heatley's linemates -- Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson -- are pretty special, too, and will be trying to get him the puck.

"You don't want to put extra pressure on him by making him think about it. I'm sure as long as we play hard, it will happen," said Spezza, the NHL's leading scorer with 41 points, including 11 goals.

WATCH THE BEAST: The Senators are 12-0-0 against Northeast Division opponents this season, but they aren't taking the Bruins lightly. "They will play hard. They're going to be a desperate team," Murray said of the Bruins, who have lost nine of their last 10 games. "Usually when you get in the kind of situation that they're in right now, a team will come at you. We will have to be ready. We have to make sure that we come out and play strong from the start." There is talk in Boston that this could be the last game for GM Mike O'Connell and coach Mike Sullivan. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs hasn't been happy with the team's performance, which has left the club last in the Northeast with an 8-13-3-2 record.

AROUND THE BOARDS: With Senators RW Martin Havlat out for an extended period with a shoulder injury, his $2.6-million US salary won't count against the club's cap. Teams aren't penalized once a player misses more than 10 games ... Former Senators winger Shawn McEachern has until today to find another NHL team or he'll be assigned to the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence. He cleared waivers Tuesday, and his agents Mark Witken and Peter Fish are working the phones. "I told Shawn we'd give him a couple of days before assigning him to Providence," said O'Connell ... Senators D Wade Redden skated for 20 minutes yesterday, but predicted he won't return to the lineup until Dec. 9 against Vancouver at GM Place. "It's getting better," Redden said of his left knee injury.


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