NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Martin Gerber stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced and Mike Commodore tallied the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in the second period as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, at the Corel Centre.
Ray Whitney scored his fifth goal of the season as Carolina won for the 10th time in its last 11 games despite being outshot 36-19. The Canes had a nine- game winning streak halted in Atlanta on Saturday.
Daniel Alfredsson scored his 16th goal of the season for his 600th career NHL point and Dominik Hasek made 17 saves for Ottawa, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Dany Heatley recorded a secondary assist on Alfredsson's goal to improve his season-opening points scoring streak to 17 games (15 goals, 14 assists).
Carolina got on the scoreboard 12 seconds into the second period while on the power play after Whitney beat Hasek with a wrist shot from the slot for the 1-0 lead. Justin Williams fed Whitney with a backhand pass from the left half- wall and Whitney beat Hasek glove side for his fifth goal of the season.
The Hurricanes made it 2-0 with 42 seconds remaining in the second period after Commodore redirected a slap shot past Hasek. Eric Staal took a slapper from the right point that found Commodore on Hasek's doorstep.
Ottawa got back within one 3:55 into the third period after Alfredsson beat Gerber high to the glove side with a wrist shot to make it a 2-1 game. Jason Spezza gave Alfredsson a drop pass from along the left half wall to record the helper.
The Senators seemingly tied the game just over a minute later after Heatley poked the puck through Gerber's five-hole. Zdeno Chara took a slap shot from the slot but Gerber made the save and tried to freeze the puck. As the whistle blew, Heatley poked the puck into the net but the referee ruled that play had stopped.
Ottawa went on a power-play with 2:55 left in the game but failed to get the puck past Gerber. Martin Havlat had a chance on the doorstep but Gerber made a right-pad save against the post to preserve the win.
This was Ottawa's first setback in the month of November...Spezza has recorded a point in 12 straight games, posting three goals and 18 assists in that time and Alfredsson has an nine-game run (10 goals, 12 helpers)...Carolina defeated Ottawa, 3-2, on October 24 in Raleigh and has won three straight meetings after an 0-8-3 series slide. Gerber made 44 saves in the previous win...Carolina earned its fifth straight road victory...The Hurricanes improved to 6-2-1 on the road, while Ottawa fell to 7-2-0 at home...Heatley has scored a goal in every game except for Ottawa's three losses. He has at least one assist in those losses...Carolina is responsible for two of Ottawa's three losses this season.
11/15 22:23:27 ET