Heatley's the story

The Ottawa Senators' Dany Heatley got all the attention after the trade for Mike Comrie after...

The Ottawa Senators' Dany Heatley got all the attention after the trade for Mike Comrie after scoring three goals and adding an assist against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday night. (Ottawa Sun File/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

His gap-toothed grin gone, Dany Heatley took a big bite out of the Buffalo Sabres last night.

This was supposed to a welcome party for new Senators centre Mike Comrie, but it was Heatley who was getting all the attention with four points in a 6-3 victory over the Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

While Ottawa goalie Ray Emery had another standout performance, Heatley -- who had the gap in his front tooth repaired last month -- was wearing a wide smile with his sixth career hat trick and an assist.

The Senators, who also had goals from Tom Preissing, Wade Redden and Peter Schaefer, have struggled to find consistency this year, but that hasn't been a problem against the Sabres. The Senators improved their record to 4-1-0 against Buffalo with three power-play goals for the first time this season.

Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov scored for Buffalo.

"It was nice. I hadn't scored in a few games," said Heatley. "I don't know what it is against them. We know what they're capable of and we know we've got to be sharp for the whole game to beat them."

"He went to the net and when that happens, the puck follows you there," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "When (Heatley) goes to the net, good things happen for him."

With the game scoreless and the Senators being badly outshot, Heatley took his game to another level by scoring shorthanded, even strength and on the power play.

Even with longtime linemate Jason Spezza (knee) out of the lineup, Heatley is playing some of his best hockey of the season. He's been strong at both ends of the ice.

Fans were so excited, they actually threw hats on the ice as Heatley completed his hat trick on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller at 16:30 of the second to give the Senators a 4-0 lead going into the third.

For the most part, Comrie was pleased with his two assists. He had a tough day of travel and made it to the rink in just in time.

"You want your pre-game meal to be more than airplane food," said Comrie, who played 18:16 and had 24 shifts. "But I think after the first few shifts, I got over the nervousness and started to feel comfortable."

Still, if it hadn't been for a strong night by Emery, the Senators might not have been in a position to win. Ottawa was outshot 19-7 in the first.

"(Emery) stole the show in the first period," said Buffalo centre Daniel Briere. "He's played as well as he has in a long time. We came out swinging."

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff was upset because the club lost defenceman Henrik Tallinder in the second with what some thought was a slew foot by Heatley.

"We'll take a look at it and address it," said Ruff. "If that's the case, I'm sure the league will look at it."

This game had the potential to turn ugly. Gaustad fought Chris Neil and Adam Mair jumped Andrej Meszaros in the dying minutes.

"I don't know what happened (with Mair). He just jumped me and punched me ... the (bleeper)," said Meszaros.


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