NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Carolina|
(Thursday, March 4th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Ottawa 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Manny Legace made 25 saves, helping the red-
hot Carolina Hurricanes stretch their season-high win streak to seven games in
a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Rod Brind'Amour, Tom Kostopoulos, Brandon Sutter and Chad LaRose had the goals
for the Hurricanes, who are creeping back into Eastern Conference playoff
contention. Entering Thursday's schedule of NHL games, Carolina was eight
points back of Boston for the eighth postseason spot.
The Hurricanes also won their first game since shaking up their roster with a
flurry of moves prior to Wednesday's trade deadline. Carolina traded away
defensemen Joe Corvo, Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts and forwards Scott Walker
and Stephane Yelle on Wednesday, which was on top of a deal that sent center
Matt Cullen to Ottawa before the Olympic break.
Cullen, playing against his former team for the first time since that trade,
scored the Senators' lone goal.
Pascal Leclaire gave up two goals on five shots in the first 6:23 of the game
before being pulled. Brian Elliott made 14 saves the rest of the way for
Ottawa, which has lost two in a row.
Carolina jumped on Ottawa at 5:18, when Kostopoulous stuffed home the puck
from in close. Brind'Amour followed with a goal only 65 seconds later, leading
to Leclaire being pulled.
"We needed a shake up, but we needed him to be better as well," said Ottawa
head coach Cory Clouston. "Obviously it's a concern, we are also trying to win
games. We felt that at that particular time our guys needed a kick in the
pants and a little bit of a shake up and trying to get the momentum back on
Elliott entered and held Carolina scoreless the rest of the period, but the
Hurricanes made it a three-goal contest late in the second. Eric Staal
corralled a bouncing puck in the slot and tried a shot, which was
unsuccessful. The puck remained loose in front of the crease, where LaRose
deftly swiped it into the net with 4:10 remaining.
Cullen managed to get his backhand attempt through traffic and past a screened
Legace at the 11:55 mark of the third.
"That is a very, very fast team," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said of the
Senators. "They've got speed throughout their whole lineup and especially in
the third period when they stopped worrying about turnovers or dumping the
puck, they become so much more dangerous."
However, Legace held firm and Sutter's empty-netter with under two minutes
left sealed the victory.
Defenseman Brian Pothier, who Carolina acquired from Washington on Wednesday,
made his Hurricanes debut...Defenseman Andy Sutton, who Ottawa acquired from
the Islanders on Tuesday, played in his first game for the
Senators...Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk had two assists for his first
career multi-point game...Carolina forward Jussi Jokinen had his 10-game point
streak broken...Ottawa' Daniel Alfredsson recorded his 600th career
assist...With the win over the Senators, Legace has now beaten all 30 NHL
03/04 23:07:16 ET