There’s No Happy Return for Heatley

From the Associated Press

Dany Heatley expected a warm reception from Atlanta fans in his first game against his former team. Instead, he was booed on his every move.

Vyacheslav Kozlov had three goals and an assist and Marian Hossa -- acquired from Ottawa for Heatley in late August -- added two goals and an assist Monday in the Thrashers’ 8-3 victory over the Senators in Atlanta.

“I wasn’t putting too much emphasis on it [the booing]. I think that you have to put it behind you,” said Heatley, who scored a goal with 6:37 remaining -- his eighth straight game with a point and 26th goal of the season.


Heatley, the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2001-02 with the Thrashers, requested the trade to get away from the constant reminders of his 2003 Atlanta car wreck that killed teammate Dan Snyder.

He was greeted by some cheers mixed with boos during pregame warmups and when the starting lineups were announced the boos were somewhat louder than the cheers. When play began, Heatley drew boos each time he touched the puck, with the loudest coming when he scored.

Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2 -- Bryan McCabe spoiled Sidney Crosby’s NHL debut in Canada, scoring 1:02 into overtime to lead the Maple Leafs at Toronto. Chad Kilger scored twice for the Maple Leafs, winners of six in a row. Crosby, 18, had an assist and now has five goals and five assists in five games since being snubbed for the Canadian Olympic team.

Philadelphia 1, Boston 0 -- Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for his second career shutout, and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers at Boston.

The Flyers are 5-1 on an NHL-high 11-game trip.

Calgary 3, Chicago 2 -- Matthew Lombardi scored with 7:04 left at Calgary to give the Flames their third straight victory and hand the Blackhawks their seventh consecutive loss.

Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 -- Martin St. Louis’ short-handed breakaway goal with 4:57 left spoiled a brilliant 41-save effort by Islander backup Garth Snow at Uniondale, N.Y. Snow was outdueled by Sean Burke, who stopped 35 shots in his second straight start over John Grahame.


St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1 -- Mike Sillinger had two goals and an assist, leading the Blues at St. Louis.