NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Carolina|
(Sunday, January 10th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Ottawa 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Ward turned aside 31 shots and Eric Staal
scored in his return to the lineup, as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the
Ottawa Senators, 4-1, at RBC Center.
Staal was recently granted a leave of absence following the death of his
sister-in-law and missed two contests.
"I thought that's real good leadership right there," Carolina coach Paul
Maurice said of Staal. "He's been through an awful lot this week, but he could
sense we needed our bigger guys to step up and do something like that. It's
not always in his game, but that was a real good sense by a leader, starting
to understand what he needs every night from his team. Everyone is pulling for
him too. I like to think that for him, coming here was a good place."
Rod Brind'Amour, Tom Kostopoulos and Brett Carson also lit the lamp for
Carolina, which has won three of its last four games.
Chris Kelly had the lone goal for the Senators, who opened a five-game road
trip with a fourth straight loss. Pascal Leclaire made 29 saves in defeat.
Kelly's wrister from the right side of the net opened the scoring at the 7:04
mark of the second period, but Kostopoulos tied the game 40 seconds later when
he hammered home a Brandon Sutter pass to finish off an odd-man rush.
Brind'Amour fired a shot from the point past Leclaire's left pad for a 2-1
Carolina edge with 2:08 remaining in the middle stanza.
Carson's first NHL goal made it 3-1 with 6:28 to go in the third period. Staal
sealed the win two minutes later, slipping a backhander through the pads of
"We played very well the first half," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "It
made a difference with Ward, he was real good. It allowed them to get their
game going, it should have been two or three to nothing halfway through the
game. Obviously we are having trouble scoring, to me that was the difference
Ray Whitney had two assists for the Hurricanes...Carolina right winger Tuomo
Ruutu is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury suffered in a fight
with Darcy Tucker during Friday's win against the Avalanche...Ottawa left
winger Milan Michalek missed his second straight game with an upper-body
injury...Both clubs are in action on Tuesday. The Hurricanes play at Toronto
and Ottawa visits Atlanta.
01/10 20:35:17 ET