BOSTON (AP) _ Dany Heatley is scoring again. Now he'd just like to get a
On Tuesday night, the Atlanta forward scored his first goal since recovering
from a car accident that killed teammate Dan Snyder. It wasn't enough, however,
as the Boston Bruins beat the Thrashers 5-4.
``It felt good,'' Heatley said of his goal. ``It would have been better to
get a win. But, I'm back in the scoring column.''
Heatley was activated from the injured reserve list four games ago after
missing 51 games following the accident.
``The support from the hockey world has been great,'' Heatley said. ``That's
the reason I was able to come back this year.''
On Sept. 23, 2003, Snyder was riding in the passenger seat when Heatley lost
control of his sports car and crashed into a wall in Atlanta. Snyder sustained
brain injuries and died six days later.
Heatley broke his jaw and tore ligaments in his right knee. Initial
indications were that Heatley would miss most or all of the season.
``He was out four months. He's not in the best shape,'' teammate Ilya
Kovalchuk said. ``But he's going to get better and better every game.''
Joe Thornton scored a pair of goals for Boston, which has won four straight
and is unbeaten in its last five. Glenn Murray added a goal and an assist.
``We've got a lot of guys committed to doing the little things and the
little things lead to the big things,'' Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. ``It's
about holding everyone accountable and our players are buying into that.''
The Thrashers, winless in their last seven, tied the game at 3-all 37
seconds into the third period when Marc Savard popped his own rebound over the
glove of Boston goalie Felix Potvin.
Thornton's second goal of the game and 13th of the year gave the Bruins a
4-3 lead two minutes later.
``The game got off to a slow start but both teams picked up the pace in the
second period,'' Thornton said. ``I think it was just a matter of not playing
each other for a while, but we both really opened it up in the last two
But Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre notched his first goal this season midway through
the third to tie the game at 4-all, setting up Rolston's winner.
Boston tied the game 1-1 11 minutes into the opening period when Patrice
Bergeron scored his 15th goal on a shot from just inside the right face-off
The Bruins got a pair of goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead.
Thornton scored the first, lifting Boston to a 2-1 lead.
Murray scored his eighth goal in the last five games on a power play with
six minutes left to extend the lead to 3-1.
Ilya Kovalchuk cut the Boston lead to 3-2 with his team-leading 27th goal of
the season at 16:55 of the second.