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Following postponement, Sens return home to take on Hurricanes
(Sports Network) - One day after having their game in Boston postponed by tragedy, the Ottawa Senators will try for a third straight win when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday's clash at Scotiabank Place.
Monday's game between the Bruins and Senators was postponed in the aftermath of the two explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the Boston Marathon. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on Tuesday morning that the blasts killed three people and injured over 150 people.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Ottawa Senators organization are with those people affected by today's tragic events in Boston," Sens general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement on Monday. "We fully support the National Hockey League's decision to postpone tonight's game. Our entire team is safe and together. If possible, we are hoping to return to Ottawa this evening."
The NHL said in a statement, "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon."
The contest will be rescheduled, with the date and time to be announced at a later date.
The Senators last played on Friday when they notched a 2-0 win in New Jersey. That tilt was the sixth stop on a seven-game road trip that was supposed to end in Boston. Ottawa lost the first four games of the swing in regulation before notching wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and Devils.
Craig Anderson carried Ottawa in Friday's win, turning aside all 33 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season. The Senators were outshot by a wide 33-11 margin in the game, but wound up with the win thanks to Anderson.
"Our goalie was big part of the game, as was our penalty kill, and we found a way to win the game," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "The Devils probably played better than we did and probably deserved a better fate. But we've been there before where the stat sheet looked good for us but the scoreboard wasn't, so we'll take it."
Rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Milan Michalek both had second-period goals to back Anderson's effort. Pageau's tally was the first of his NHL career and Michalek's was his first since Jan. 29. Michalek had not played since March 8 due to a right knee injury that required surgery and kept him out of Ottawa's last 15 contests.
The Senators are scheduled to play four straight on home ice beginning with tonight's test. Ottawa is 13-3-3 on home ice this season compared to an 8-11-3 mark on the road.
Carolina, meanwhile, is likely headed for a fourth straight spring outside of the playoffs, but the club was able to halt a seven-game slide in the last trip to the ice.
The Hurricanes were 0-7 in April before notching Saturday's 4-2 win against visiting Boston. Joe Corvo put in the go-ahead goal on the power play midway through the third period and Jiri Tlusty scored twice in Carolina's first win since a road decision in Winnipeg on March 30.
Justin Peters stopped 28 shots and Jeff Skinner had the other goal for Carolina, which also snapped an eight-game home losing streak and won for just their second time in the last 16 games overall.
"There was so much motivation here tonight. I wanted to give a better effort for the guys," Peters said. "They've been working so hard so it was great for them to get rewarded."
The Hurricanes are playing three of their next four games on the road, where the club is 9-9-2 this season.
Carolina does boast a 2-0 mark against the Senators this season, however, and the 'Canes have won four straight and seven of nine in this series overall. They also have won two in a row and three of four in Canada's capital city.
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