NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Carolina|
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Ottawa 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Joe Corvo netted the game-winning goal with
2:40 remaining in the third period and added an assist, as the Carolina
Hurricanes rallied past the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, at the RBC Center.
Dennis Seidenberg scored a power-play goal and Michael Leighton made 22 saves
for the Hurricanes, who have won three of their last four games.
Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette earned his 240th NHL win, surpassing
former Tampa Bay bench boss John Tortorella to become the winningest American-
born coach in league history.
Mike Fisher lit the lamp for Ottawa, which was looking for its third straight
victory. Martin Gerber allowed two goals on 30 shots to take the loss.
"They probably deserved to win, the way they kept at it," said Ottawa head
coach Craig Hartsburg. "I didn't think we were real sharp all night with the
puck, but in the third period we were probably even sloppier. We turned too
many pucks over. We weren't strong enough on it. Didn't protect it."
With his club nursing a one-goal lead, Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips was
assessed a minor penalty for interference midway through the third period and
the Hurricanes evened the score on Seidenberg's blast from the left point with
8:54 left on the clock.
Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour went off for tripping with five minutes
remaining, but the Senators were unable to convert and the Hurricanes grabbed
the lead moments later.
Ottawa was pinned in its zone and had difficulty clearing the puck.
Eventually, the disc landed on the stick of Corvo and he fired a wrister high
over the glove of Gerber with 2:40 to play in regulation and Carolina held on
for the win.
"I thought it was just a strong period from start to finish," Laviolette said
of the third period.
After a fruitless opening period, Fisher put Ottawa on the board late in the
middle stanza. Daniel Alfredsson's bid from inside the right circle was kicked
out by Leighton, but Fisher, coming down the slot, slipped the rebound
underneath the goaltender's right leg with 1:52 remaining.
Alfredsson has seven assists in the last six games...Ottawa's Dany Heatley had
a five-game goal-scoring streak snapped...Before the game, Carolina placed
rookie center Brandon Sutter on injured reserve and recalled left winger
Michael Ryan from Albany of the American Hockey League. The 11th overall pick
of the 2007 draft, Sutter suffered a concussion in an October 25 contest
against the New York Islanders.
11/07 23:50:20 ET