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Heatley reception chilly

As Thrashers roll, fans boo their former star

Dany Heatley expected a warm reception from Atlanta fans in his first game against his former team. He didn't get it.

While the fans were booing Heatley's 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 yesterday in the Thrashers' 8-3 victory over the Senators.

''I wasn't putting too much emphasis on [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 Thrashers teammate Dan Snyder.

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

''At least they were making some noise. That didn't bother me," he said.

''A lot of people were saying some really good things, and I appreciate that. I think that most of the time they treated me great and now if they want to boo, that's fine. But, it's just another game, one that we want back."

Heatley, who also was injured in the car accident, was sentenced to three years of probation Feb. 4, 2004, after pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and three lesser charges. He was left with a broken jaw and a serious knee injury that forced him to miss the first 51 games of the 2003-04 season.

It was the worst loss of the season for the Senators, the highest-scoring team in the NHL. Ottawa was 0 for 6 on the power play.

Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 2 -- Bryan McCabe spoiled Sidney Crosby's NHL debut in Canada, scoring 1:02 into overtime to lead Toronto over Pittsburgh.

Chad Kilger scored twice for the Maple Leafs, winners of a season-high six straight. Crosby had an assist and has five goals and five assists in five games since being snubbed for the Canadian Olympic team.

Lightning 2, Islanders 1 -- Martin St. Louis's shorthanded breakaway goal with 4:57 left spoiled a brilliant goaltending performance by New York backup Garth Snow and gave visiting Tampa Bay a victory over the Islanders.

With Tampa Bay's Nolan Pratt in the penalty box, St. Louis took a long pass from Paul Ranger at the Islanders blue line and turned into the zone. His shot eluded the glove of Snow, who made 41 saves.

Blues 4, Canucks 1 -- Mike Sillinger had two goals and an assist, as St. Louis snapped a three-game home losing streak by handing Vancouver its seventh loss in eight games.

Kings 3, Stars 2 -- Mattias Norstrom scored in overtime and Lubomir Visnovsky had two goals for host Los Angeles, which scored all of its goals on the power play and rallied from a two-goal deficit to topple Dallas.

Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 -- Matthew Lombardi scored with 7:04 left in the third period as host Calgary handed Chicago its seventh straight loss.

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