NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa
(Saturday, March 20th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Bret Hedican scored the game-winning goal with a minute left in overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over Ottawa at the Corel Centre.
Josef Vasicek notched the game-tying tally with 8:58 left in the third period for the Hurricanes, who set a franchise record by earning at least a point in 11 straight road games (7-0-1-3). Sean Hill scored a goal and assisted on another in the winning effort.
Arturs Irbe stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced to earn the win, including stopping 13 shots in the third period for the Hurricanes, who won for just the second time this season when trailing after two periods (2-23-0).
"At the end of the season we have started to come together and play really hard," Irbe said.
Marian Hossa and Jason Spezza each scored for the Senators, who have earned at least a point in 23 straight home games (17-0-3-3). They fell a point behind Toronto for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Patrick Lalime faced 29 shots and turned aside 26 of them in the losing effort.
"I felt good," Lalime said. "But to lose it like this in overtime, especially when you get a lead going into the third...it was just the little things that made the difference."
Trailing 2-1 midway through the third period, the Hurricanes made a rush into the Ottawa zone. Hill fired a shot on net from the slot, but Lalime made the save with his left leg pad. The puck bounced out onto the doorstep, but caromed off Vasicek's skate and under Lalime's stick for the tally.
After a video review, the referees decided that Vasicek did not intentionally kick the puck into the net.
Hedican scored the game-winner at the four-minute mark of the overtime, as Vasicek picked up a loose puck near the neutral zone and raced into the Senators end. The Carolina forward slid the puck to a charging Hedican, who redirected the pass under Lalime's glove.
The Senators had an 11-game unbeaten streak snapped versus Carolina.
The Senators grabbed a 1-0 edge 14:10 into the first period, when Hossa stole the puck from Hedican between the circles in the Carolina zone and wristed a shot past Irbe's glove side.
Carolina tied it at 1-1 at the 3:55 mark of the second on Hill's slap shot from the top of the right circle.
Ottawa went ahead 2-1 eight minutes later as Spezza fired a shot on net from the right corner that banked off Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin and between Irbe's pads.
Carolina improved to 3-7-1 in its last 11 at Ottawa...Vasicek added an assist for a two-point night...Ottawa fell to 23-8-5-4 at home this season...Carolina forward Erik Cole left midway through the third period with a knee injury. He tried to return, but left the ice with a severe limp.
03/20 23:39:36 ET