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Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza are not the guys the Chicago Blackhawks want to be facing right now.
With each trying to extend their season-high point streaks to 11 games, Heatley and Spezza lead the Ottawa Senators into a road game against the defensively challenged Blackhawks on Sunday.
Heatley, Ottawa's leading scorer with 40 goals and 84 points, added two more goals Friday in a 4-2 loss at Atlanta to extend his goal-scoring streak to six and point streak to 10. Spezza, who was held without a goal for the first time in five games, had an assist to match his season-high point streak, first accomplished from Nov. 24-Dec. 12.
Both are in good position to keep it up Sunday against Chicago (23-33-9), which has allowed 16 goals during a current three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks, last in the Central Division, have lost eight of nine.
On Friday, Heatley wasn't too concerned with his individual effort as the Senators (38-23-4) had their three-game winning streak snapped while falling to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
"We lost the game," Heatley said. "That's all that matters."
Heatley scored twice on the power play against his former club Friday, but Atlanta scored three times in the third period to win.
"I thought we really dominated them in the second and, for whatever reason, we didn't play very well in the third," Heatley said. "We kind of lost our aggressiveness and just sat back and waited for them."
Heatley, who needs 10 goals to match his career high from last season, has eight in his last six games and 17 points in his last 10.
Spezza, who has a career-high 27 goals, had scored five in four games prior to Friday, and has 18 points in his last 10.
Besides its recent defensive woes, Chicago continues to struggle offensively. The team with the fewest goals in the NHL (158) has scored four in its last three games.
Jason Williams, acquired by Chicago in a trade this week, scored both of the team's goals in a 6-2 loss to Detroit. They were Williams' first points with the Blackhawks in his second game against his former team, and first in Detroit.
"It doesn't matter if you score a hat trick," Williams said. "The win is what you're coming in here for."
Starting goalie Patrick Lalime was pulled in favor of Nikolai Khabibulin a little over halfway through the second period Friday after allowing four goals. Khabibulin has allowed 11 goals in Chicago's last three losses.
Martin Havlat, Chicago's leading scorer with 24 goals and 50 points, was held without a point Friday for just the 13th time in 42 games this season.
Havlat, who played the last five seasons with Ottawa, had a goal and two assists in the Senators' 6-1 home win over the Blackhawks on Dec. 18, 2003, in the last meeting between the teams.
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