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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Carolina

(Tuesday, January 20th)

Final Score: Ottawa 3, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa posted a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which won for the third time in five games and improved to 12-2-4 in its last 18 contests overall. Shaun Van Allen added an empty-net goal in the victory.

"I thought we played very well and we controlled the game," said Ottawa head coach Jacques Martin. "I like the way we played tonight...real strong, and that's what we need."

Patrick Lalime turned aside all but one of the 14 shots he faced for Ottawa.

Jeff O'Neill recorded the only goal for the Hurricanes, who have just one victory in their last six games (1-4-1).

Earlier Tuesday, the Hurricanes acquired forward Justin Williams from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Danny Markov. The 22-year-old Williams, a former first-round pick, had a promising future with the Flyers, but was buried under a stockpile of veteran forwards. Before the deal, he had six goals and 20 assists in 46 games this season for Philadelphia.

"I think it's too early. Let's give him some time to settle in before we (start) evaluating," said Hurricanes' coach Peter Laviolette about Williams. "He's a good player, I know that from the past."

Jamie Storr started in goal for Carolina and allowed two goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.

Hossa's 23rd tally of the season with 7:48 to play in the first period gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead.

Not long after, when Carolina's Sean Hill was whistled for interference, the Senators pushed their lead to two. The visitors worked the puck around the perimeter until Hossa took control along the right half-wall.

Hossa then fed the puck over to Alfredsson at the center point and a one-timer flew past Storr just 17 seconds into the power play at 14:32. The goal was the 19th of the season for Alfredsson and it gave Ottawa a 2-0 edge.

"There's no excuse for the way we've started four of the last five games," added Laviolette.

Near the midpoint of the second frame, Carolina cut its deficit in half during a 5-on-3 power play. Ron Francis won a draw at the left circle and kicked the puck over to O'Neill, who corralled the puck in the slot and beat Lalime.

Trailing by a goal with nine minutes to play in regulation, Carolina produced a steady stream of scoring chances during a two-minute flurry, but Lalime held strong. Later, near the 3:20 mark, Carolina blueliner Niclas Wallin ripped a slap shot from the point and had a screen in front, but the puck was deflected over the boards.

Storr was pulled in favor of the extra skater with 90 ticks to go and the Hurricanes had a few opportunities, but Van Allen's empty-netter sealed the victory.

Game Notes

Ottawa is now 7-2-3 in its last 12 road games...The Sens remained unbeaten versus Carolina this season (2-0-1) and are also unbeaten in the last 11 meetings overall (8-0-3)...Carolina, which fell for the first time on a Tuesday this season (3-1-1), is winless in the last seven versus Ottawa in Raleigh (0-5-2)...The 14 shots on goal for Carolina were a season-low...The Hurricanes were 1-for-3 on the power play, while Ottawa finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

01/21 00:30:00 ET

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