NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Carolina
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 1:28 left in the third period as Edmonton defeated Carolina, 3-1, at RBC Center.
Moreau also added an empty-net tally and Shawn Horcoff chipped in with a goal for the Oilers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Dwayne Roloson was solid between the pipes for Edmonton, stopping 33-of-34 shots.
Ray Whitney accounted for the lone Carolina goal, while Cam Ward turned aside 29 shots. The Hurricanes have dropped three of their last five games.
With the game tied at 1-1 after two periods of play, Edmonton had a golden opportunity to break the tie midway through the third with a 5-on-3 advantage, but were unable to capitalize.
Late in regulation. Moreau skated the puck down the left side and into the Hurricanes zone. From a bad angle in the middle of the circle took a quick wrist shot. The puck squeezed under Ward's arm and into the net with 1:28 to play.
Carolina pulled Ward with under a minute remaining and almost the game. Eric Staal's shot from in close was stopped by Roloson before crossing the goal line. The play went to review and was upheld. Moreau added an empty net tally with 35 seconds remaining to account for the 3-1 final score.
"The bottom line for us is that we have been working pretty hard but we worked harder tonight," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. "I mean, it looked like more of the same in the first period, we had all kinds of great chances but nothing to show for it. We worked harder, and you know, at the end of the day we ended up getting rewarded for it."
Whitney got the Hurricanes on the board 6:35 into the opening period. After playing catch with the puck in their own defensive zone, Tim Gleason hit Whitney with a long lead pass and the veteran left winger skated in all alone and snapped a wrist shot that beat Roloson between the pads.
Despite each team getting several quality chances, there was no scoring until Horcoff's power-play tally 6:45 into the middle period knotted the contest at 1-1.
With Dennis Seidenberg in the box serving a hooking minor, the Oilers went to work with the man-advantage. From the top of the left circle Ales Hensky slid the puck over to Horcoff standing below the right circle and re-directed the disc toward the net. Ward, who was down on the ice, had to puck go off his pad and into the goal.
"The second half of the game we seemed to have more," Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said about the team's effort. "The first period wasn't really bad but we needed to be a lot better. Then in the second period we started to go to sleep early on. We played, I guess, adequately in the second half. I don't think we were on the very top of our game."
Moreau also picked up 19 minutes in penalties in the contest...Carolina will play at Toronto on Sunday night, the first of a home-and-home set with the Maple Leafs, while the Oilers will play at Philadelphia Sunday afternoon...The Oilers finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Carolina was 0- for-6...Edmonton defenseman Denis Grebeshkov left the game with a mild concussion early in the game and did not return.
11/01 19:12:23 ET