NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa|
(Thursday, January 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Carolina 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Ottawa
Senators skated to a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist, and Mike Fisher and Randy Robitaille
also tallied for the Senators, who snapped a two-game skid. Martin Gerber
ended with 36 saves, as Ottawa won for the fifth time in its last seven games.
"I feel like I played good overall," said Vermette. "It's always nice to be
able to chip in. Too bad the puck hit the goalie a few times or I might of had
some more goals."
Ray Whitney had the lone goal and Cam Ward surrendered all five goals on 32
shots for Carolina, which has lost a season-high four straight.
"It's not easy to play when your confidence is shaken," said Carolina's Rod
Brind'Amour. "We're not making plays like we did at the start of the year.
This is the NHL, so we've got to play better than that."
The Hurricanes appeared to be in good shape prior to the opening faceoff,
activating center Matt Cullen, right wing Scott Walker and defenseman
Bret Hedican from injured reserve. Cullen was sidelined seven games with a
concussion, while Walker and Hedican missed six and nine games, respectively,
because of knee injuries.
The Senators were first on the board though, able to build momentum during a
lengthy 5-on-3 power play. Joe Corvo found open ice and managed to rip a shot
from the point that was deflected by Ward. Vermette then battled for room in
front and was able to knock the puck over the goal line at 12:01.
The 'Canes were able to dodge a few bullets the rest of the way, and had been
outshot 14-7, by the end of the first.
Ottawa went up by a pair at 11:09 of the second, as Fisher corralled the puck
off the draw and managed to lift it over Ward's blocker. Carolina's bench was
irate that Fisher was not called for high-sticking, after he clipped
Brind'Amour in the head during the faceoff.
Vermette made it 3-0 a little more than a minute later, as he broke in all
alone, had his first shot blocked and stayed with the play, backhanding the
disc past Ward's outstretched glove.
Robitaille continued the rout when he lit the lamp at 13:32, inflating the
cushion to 4-0 and marking a span of three goals in 2:23 for the Sens.
Whitney got the 'Canes on the board during a two-man advantage in the early
stages of the third, but Spezza restored the four-goal edge for Ottawa when
he lit the lamp at 8:03.
Carolina dealt winger Craig Adams to the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday for
future considerations. Adams ranked third all-time in games played for the
Hurricanes (427)...Carolina is 2-7-1 in its last 10 games...The Hurricanes
have dropped seven of nine overall against the Senators...Ward has allowed 19
goals in his last four starts...Carolina has allowed 160 goals on the season,
the worst in the Eastern Conference...Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson left in the
first period with a hip flexor. He did not return, but was held out for
precautionary reasons...Vermette has three career multi-goal games.
01/17 23:38:49 ET