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Heatley looks to follow Meszaros's lead tonight

Wednesday, 24.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Heatley looks to follow Meszaros\'s lead tonight
Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook, right, was penalized after hooking Senators defenceman Andrej Meszaros on this breakaway during the NHL YoungStars Game. Photo: Getty Images

by Todd Anderson

Tied for the NHL lead with 30 goals, Ottawa Senators winger and all-star Dany Heatley got to see another Senators player score a couple goals and play a big part in the Eastern Conference's 9-8 victory over the Western Conference in Tuesday night's NHL YoungStars Game, presented by Upper Deck in Dallas. Tonight Heatley looks to continue his sizzling play, and perhaps pick up his second MVP award during the 55th NHL all-star game.

Senators sophomore defenceman Andrej Meszaros, who has six goals in 50 games this season, scored twice in the NHL YoungStars Game on Tuesday night. Taking advantage of the open ice because of four-on-four play, Meszaros had several chances to register a hat trick but wasn't able to capitalize. Meszaros's best chance for a third goal came on a breakaway in the third of three 10-minute, running-time periods, but the defenceman wasn't able to take a shot on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj after Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook hooked him up. Seabrook was assessed the game's only penalty on the play.

"We were here to have fun, score some goals, show some skill and have a good time," Meszaros told NHL.com after the game.

Patrick Eaves also represented the Senators in the game.

Click here for full details from the YoungStars game. 

Also Tuesday night, the Eastern Conference held on to defeat the west 15-11 in the Nitro/Dodge SuperSkills competition.

Heatley competed in the hardest shot event and registered his best attempt at 94 m.p.h.(151.34 k.p.h.). His other attempt was measured at 90 m.p.h. (144.9 k.p.h.) Heatley finished fourth in the event, which was won by former teammate Zdeno Chara, now the captain of the Boston Bruins. Heatley also competed in the third round of a shootout competition, but wasn't able to beat Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo on his attempt.

For a complete list of Nitro/Dodge SuperSkills results, click here

Tonight Heatley and the Eastern Conference look to make it a 3-0 sweep over the west at this year's all-star festivities with a win in the 55th NHL all-star game.

This is Heatley's second appearance at an all-star game. He was the MVP of the 2003 NHL All-Star Game in Florida after a four-goal performance during the Eastern Conference's 6-5 shootout loss to the west. Heatley also scored in the shootout during that game. With four goals, he tied the event's record with Mike Gartner, 1993; Vincent Damphousse, 1991; Mario Lemieux, 1990; and Wayne Gretzky, 1983.

Click here for more NHL all-star game coverage.

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