ST. PAUL, Minn. On pace for a career low in goals, Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley was mired in one of the toughest scoring slumps of his career two weeks ago.
Heatley had 13 goals, scoring on just 9.6 percent of his team-high 135 shots. Throughout his nine-year career, Heatley had never finished a season under 12 percent shooting. The two-time, 50-goal scorer knew the only way to snap out of his funk and help the team's struggling offense was to keep shooting.
So, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound winger tried to shoot his way out of the slump and in the process has become the big-time goal scorer the Wild thought they were acquiring in the offseason. Heatley has scored in three straight games with four goals and three assists during that stretch. And his shot's been finding the back of the net with more frequency with the four goals coming on 11 shots.
"I think I feel a little more in a groove," Heatley said. "During our tough stretch, I think we had a lot of ...