Heatley Notches Hat Trick; Sharks Win Home Opener 6-3

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dany Heatley made a good first impression on his new fans, scoring three goals in his home debut for San Jose to lead the Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Heatley, the big goal scorer acquired last month from Ottawa, got a loud ovation in pregame introductions before San Jose's home opener. The cheers only got louder with his two goals in the second period and a penalty shot in the third that sent scores of hats flying onto the ice and began chants of "Dan-y Heat-ley! Dan-y Heat-ley!"

Dan Boyle added a goal and two assists, and Joe Thornton tied a franchise record with four assists for the Sharks, who lost two of three on the road to open the season.

Rick Nash, Jason Chimera and Raffi Torres scored for the Blue
Jackets, who opened the season with two straight victories for the
first time.