Sweet nightcap for Dany

Senators' Dany Heatley (right) celebrates his game-tying goal with Andrej Meszaros against the...

Senators' Dany Heatley (right) celebrates his game-tying goal with Andrej Meszaros against the Maple Leafs last night. (Sun Media/Craig Robertson)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

TORONTO -- Dany Heatley was more than happy to pay back the Senators last night.

Only hours after signing a massive six-year, $45-million (all terms US) deal with the Senators, Heatley scored twice -- including the OT winner -- to give the Senators a 4-3 comeback victory over the Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

"It was nice. I had a couple of chances early and I didn't get shots through," said Heatley with his toothy grin. "It's a good day. I'll put it at that. I wasn't really thinking about the contract. I was worried about the game. It was definitely a load off to get that done, but game time I was just thinking about hockey."

Heatley fired the shot past Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft at 2:57 of OT to give the Senators the victory in what turned out to be a hard-fought game. The Battle of Ontario returns to Scotiabank Place tonight for Round 2 in the Senators' opener at 7.

"(Heatley) came up big for us and he showed everyone why he's a 50-goal scorer," said centre Mike Fisher. "We came out sluggish and played better in the third period. But when the chips were down, we made it count."

Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Senators.

Goalie Martin Gerber, making the start with Ray Emery still recovering from off-season wrist surgery, had a solid outing, giving up two goals to Nik Antropov and one to Matt Stajan, whose tally gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead going into the third.

The Leafs looked like they were going to skate away with the victory, but Heatley scored at 14:24 of the third -- his 21st goal of his career in 24 games vs. Toronto -- to give the Senators a boost on a mostly lacklustre night.

The Leafs have been getting plenty of heat for not making enough changes in the summer, but they showed good hustle and turned this into a physical battle. The only reason the Senators were able to keep it close was Toronto's 0-for-7 performance on the power play.

It was a tough night for the Senators, but none more than Wade Redden. He left the ice with 3:18 left in the second with blood dripping from his forehead after an impressive punchup with Toronto's Bates Battaglia.

Now, you might not think that's so unusual, but it was Redden's second fighting major of the night and that equalled his total of the last two years. Before the bout with Battaglia, Redden took it on the chin from Leafs tough guy Kris Newbury in the first.

"It's surprising because that's not (Redden's) game," said Senators coach John Paddock. "We don't want him fighting. I'm not sure if they just happened or if (Redden was trying to send a message).

"I'm a little bit bothered by the first one with Newbury. He came on the ice, started to glide into the play and fought with one of our better players. I don't really know how that happens."

The Senators had a chance to break this game wide open midway through the second when they were awarded a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:05 with Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe in the box. The result: One lousy shot on Raycroft.

It was Vermette, back on a familiar line with Chris Kelly and Chris Neil, who opened the scoring with a great individual effort. After picking up a loose puck near centre, Vermette used his wheels to skate by Pavel Kubina and beat Raycroft on the stick side at 7:23.


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