NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa|
(Sunday, November 27th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Carolina 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza scored two goals in the first
period on Sunday and the Ottawa Senators hung on to beat the Carolina
Hurricanes, 4-3, for their first home win in November.
"Obviously, it was nice to score," Spezza said. "I've been struggling to put
the puck in the net the past few games and it felt good to get on the board."
David Rundblad and Zack Smith also scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson had 34
saves. The Senators snapped a two-game overall losing streak and improved to
1-2-1 at home in the month.
Eric Staal and Alexei Ponikarovsky had third period goals for the Hurricanes,
who tried to claw their way back after falling down 3-1 after two.
Cam Ward allowed four goals on 25 shots in the loss, Carolina's 10th in 14
games this month (4-9-1).
The Hurricanes were just 1-for-8 on the power play.
Spezza scored 55 seconds into the game, getting the puck near center ice and
racing through three defenders before stuffing it past Ward.
Later, Carolina tied it on Patrick Dwyer's sharp-angle shot, but Spezza scored
just three minutes later on a power play, beating Ward from the left circle to
make it 2-1 at the 18:03 mark.
Rundblad flipped a shot on net from just inside the blue line to push Ottawa's
lead to 3-1 with 14 seconds left in the middle period.
Staal scored into an open net from Anderson's left after a shot was knocked
down in front, getting the Hurricanes within 3-2 less than seven minutes into
the third period.
But Smith's goal from the slot at 12:35 restored Ottawa's two-goal lead and
Ponikarovsky's power-play tally four minutes later only served to halve it.
"I thought we deserved a better fate tonight," Ward said. "Other than that
first minute in the first period I thought we took it to them."
The Senators are still trying to even their mark in November. They are 4-5-2
in the month after ending October on a six-game winning...Ottawa returned home
from a 3-2-1 road trip, which ended with a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.
11/28 00:58:56 ET