Heatley nets two assists

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Dany Heatley and the Sharks rubbed salt in the Senators' wounds Tuesday night.

The Senators were facing their two-time 50-goal scorer for the first time since he was granted his wish for a trade out of Ottawa in September. The San Jose winger helped lead his new team with two assists in a 5-2 victory last night in front of a sellout crowd of 17,562 at the HP Pavillion.

With Patrick Marleau stealing the show with a two-goal performance in his 900th career game -- all with the Sharks -- the Senators were no match for the Sharks. Ottawa dropped its second straight on this five-game road trip that continues tomorrow in Anaheim.

Former Sharks' winger Milan Michalek, acquired by the Senators with Jonathan Cheechoo in the trade, also scored twice, but he couldn't stop the puck as well. Goaltender Brian Elliott wasn't sharp and neither were the Senators, who are 0-4-1 in their past five road games - an ominous sign with three games left on this trip.

Naturally, this was an exciting night for Heatley, who peppered Elliott with eight shots and was on the puck all night. Surrounded by linemates Joe Thornton, who also had two assists, and Marleau, the trio showed why they are now considered the best line in the NHL.

"I felt good tonight. I think my line skated well and Patty scored 2 big goals for us," Heatley said, clearly relieved to get his first game against Ottawa over with. "I don't mind who gets on the score sheet as long as one guy from our team finds a way to score goals every night."

The game got Heatley over his second hurdle in rapid succession. The Sharks had just played in Edmonton -- the city to which Heatley nixed a trade during his dispute last summer.

"We just had a very interesting week, facing the Oilers and the Sens. I am quite happy we are back home now. We can move on," he said.

The Sharks took control of this in the second period, pulling out to a 4-1 lead on the strength of Marleau's 18th goal of the season and Ryan Clowe's sixth. Elliott didn't look good on Clowe's effort at 13:24 to give the Sharks a three-goal lead. He was deep in his net and appeared to get beat stick side.

"I thought early mistakes cost us the game," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "We did a lot of good things, had a lot of opportunities and we just didn't score early. When you get behind the 8-ball against a team like that it's an uphill battle."

Many thought Binghamton callup Mike Brodeur might get his chance then, but Michalek tried to make it respectable with his second of the game at 15:54 of the second by beating San Jose backup Thomas Greiss on a power play.

Michalek might have been the "other man" in the deal, but he has made everybody step up and take notice. With the Senators trailing 2-0 in the first, Michalek rolled out the welcome mat in one of his old haunts by scoring his 14th of the season.

Going to the front of the net, Michalek backhanded a shot that bounced off the ankle of defenceman Doug Murray and by a sprawling Greiss. The Senators were outshot 15-9 in the first and they were looking pretty listless until Michalek scored his seventh goal in eight games.

"They kept coming for the whole game and I thought we did a pretty good job of playing our game," said Heatley. "It was one of those nights where we were going pretty good. We were all feeling good and the puck was rolling good for us."

Former Ottawa 67's junior standout Jamie McGinn scored his fifth of the season by taking a breakaway pass and beating Elliott on the top shelf at 8:01. It was the Sharks' second goal in less than a minute, after Marleau fired a Thornton pass through Elliott's five-hole to open the scoring at 7:06.

Manny Malhotra closed the scoring with an empty-netter for the Sharks.


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