NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Carolina|
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Carolina 0
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored two goals and picked up an
assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 6-0 victory over the Carolina
Hurricanes at RBC Center.
Ray Emery and Martin Gerber combined for the shutout for the Senators, who
have won three straight. Emery started between the pipes for Ottawa, and had
one save before leaving about 5 1/2 minutes into the first period with
soreness in his right hip. He was replaced by Gerber, who did not allow a
goal on 31 shots fired his way.
"We had good jump and when you score a couple times, it helps," said Ottawa
head coach John Paddock. "In the second period, despite the shots being even
we had a lot of chances around their net. I thought we had a lot of scoring
Jason Spezza contributed a goal and two helpers in the victory for Ottawa,
which has won six of the last eight meetings between the clubs.
Cam Ward allowed all six goals on 26 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost
two in a row and four of six games overall in the month of December.
"It was not good," Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette said about his team's
effort. "Every loss is frustrating. When you're embarrassed at home, it's more
Just 1:46 after the game's opening faceoff, Heatley gave the visitors control
early with his 15th goal of the season. Spezza centered a pass to Heatley
in the slot and he quickly snapped the puck into the top right corner of the
Ottawa made it 2-0 at 5:24 of the first after Mike Fisher skated in on goal up
the left wing and managed to push the puck past Ward on the short side and
over the goal line.
The Senators managed to take a three-goal lead into the first intermission
after Spezza tallied with just 51.5 seconds left in the opening period. Spezza
took a pass from Randy Robitaille and walked right into the slot and ripped a
wrister just under the crossbar.
After a scoreless middle session, Ottawa tacked on three goals in the final
At 8:37 of the third, Shean Donovan took a pass from Dean McAmmond in front
and lifted the puck past Ward on his stick side.
Heatley's second goal of the game made it a five-goal contest at 11:52 while
McAmmond's first tally of the campaign with 3:43 remaining completed the rout.
Ottawa improved to 17-1-1 when scoring first this season...Gerber was credited
with an assist on Heatley's second goal. He now has four career
helpers...Carolina forward Scott Walker was ejected from the game in the
second period after head butting Ottawa's Fisher during a fight...The 'Canes
have been shut out three times this season.
12/12 23:27:56 ET