Heatley's hurtin'

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Ouch! Dany Heatley is playing with a tender ankle.

While Heatley scored two goals in the five-game series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, he had a tough time making an impact some nights. Heatley suffered an ankle injury late in the season, but didn't miss any games.

"Dany is hurting and I don't think there's any secret in that," said Murray following practice yesterday at Scotiabank Place. "I think the couple of days (before Round 2 of the playoffs against New Jersey) will give him a little boost. He had the ankle issue that was bothering him. I would expect that he'll score easier. I thought he played hard and he played decent for us, but I think he'll get more points."

Heatley, who scored the winner in Game 5 against the Penguins, isn't using the injury as an excuse.

"It wasn't a huge problem in Round 1," said Heatley. "It was something that was just a little tender and the doctors really helped it, so it should be no problem. The two days off should help it."

Sign of the times

In a corner of Scotiabank Place, somebody has painted the Stanley Cup with the words: "12 wins to go ... 1 goal." That's the attitude of the players as well. "We didn't go into this season and say if we win one round, it's going to be a great year for us," said C Jason Spezza. "Our goal is to win a Stanley Cup. We know we have to win four rounds. Winning the first round is just one goal we set for ourselves." "We know it's a long-term venture here," said Murray. We've got three more series to go through if we're lucky enough to get there. Stepping away for a couple of days was good. There's a real feeling on the team that we're better than we were, we're more disciplined than we were and we'll just take it one at a time."

Eaves still out

RW Patrick Eaves was the only Senators player who didn't practise and there's no timetable for his return. Eaves, who suffered a "head injury" after being slammed to the ice by Colby Armstrong in Game 3, isn't ready to return to the ice. "He's getting better, but I would think he's still a number of games away from skating. He's got to remember his name and things like that and then he can start to skate," said Murray with a smile. "He rode the bike during the early part of the weekend and he got headaches so we told him not to do anything." LW Peter Schaefer left practice early, but he's believed to be fine.

Off the glass

Asked about Sidney Crosby playing with a broken foot in the series, Murray said: "I felt sorry for him ... I don't think it affected him one bit." ... Former Senators GM Marshall Johnston will get his day in court in a lawsuit against team president Roy Mlakar. Johnston received a favourable ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeals earlier this month which means his $275,000 suit against Mlakar will go ahead despite attempts by Senators lawyers to get the case thrown out. The two sides tried to settle through mediation with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in November, but they couldn't come to an agreement. Johnston launched the suit on April 14, 2005 because he claims he was supposed to receive the same compensation as former GM Rick Dudley when he signed a three-year, $1.2 million deal in June, 1999.


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