NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Carolina 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored his 24th goal of the season and added an assist, as Ottawa downed Carolina, 6-2, at the Corel Centre.
Bryan Smolinski, Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette also recorded a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won three straight and remain alone atop the Eastern Conference. Dominik Hasek made 33 saves in the game and carried Ottawa early on.
Erik Cole and Justin Williams both scored for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two in a row. Martin Gerber and Cam Ward combined to make 30 saves in the loss.
Ottawa drew first blood with 1:59 remaining in the opening period on a power- play tally. Heatley controlled the puck in the left circle before feeding Smolinski down low. Heatley then moved between the circles, got the disc back and released a shot that beat Gerber.
Carolina was actually the more dominant team in the first, and had a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities and several point-blank tries. Hasek was stellar, though, robbing the Hurricanes on multiple occasions to keep them off the scoreboard.
"The beginning of the game was pretty tough," Hasek said. "They got a five- minute power play and then 5 on 4, 5 on 3; I faced many shots. The penalty killing was the difference in the game."
Smolinski made it 2-0 6:30 into the second after the puck deflected right to him off a defender's stick in front, and Patrick Eaves elevated a puck past Gerber from the slot at the 16:26 mark for a shorthanded tally that made it a three-goal advantage.
Cole got Carolina on the board with 31 seconds to play in the second after he jammed the puck past Hasek.
Ottawa, though, scored three goals in the third frame to seal the win.
Alfredsson made it 4-1 just 10 seconds into the third on a one-timer just outside of the crease, and Peter Schaefer added a goal 22 seconds later that gave the Senators a commanding lead.
Vermette scored on a shorthanded breakaway midway through the stanza to give Ottawa a 6-1 lead.
Williams lit the lamp for Carolina in the final seconds to cap the scoring.
"It is nice to see us following up after a big win against the Rangers and come out and play strong again," Alfredsson said.
The Senators' Chris Phillips was denied on a penalty shot midway through the third...Ottawa defenseman Brian Pothier left the game with a possible concussion in the final period...The Senators set a new Corel Centre attendance record (20,050)...Heatley has a six-game point streak.
12/29 01:32:23 ET