NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa
(Saturday, November 4th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Ottawa 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner midway through the stanza, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
At the 10:31 mark, with the Hurricanes enjoying a two-man advantage, Whitney cranked up a slap shot from the bottom of the left circle that hit Senators' goaltender Martin Gerber between the arm and body. The puck had enough force to poke through and find the back of the net.
"I got it in the slot, but I didn't see much around even though I had plenty of time to shoot," Whitney said. "Eric Staal was right in front. I couldn't see Gerber, so I figured he couldn't see me. I just tried to pass it to the top forward and if it goes in, it goes in or it misses the net. It was worth a shot and he didn't see anything, so that was a little bit fortunate."
Ottawa could not get the tying goal in the waning minutes, despite keeping the puck in the Carolina zone for the final minute, and having a power play and the extra man with Gerber pulled. Ward came up with two big saves to hold the Senators at bay.
Erik Cole was credited with a goal and two assists, while Rod Brind'Amour collected an assist, his 1,000th NHL point, and Ward made 24 saves for the Hurricanes, who have won three of their last four games.
Daniel Alfredsson and Denis Hamel both notched their second goals of the season, and Gerber made 37 saves in a losing effort for Ottawa, which has dropped three straight for the second time this season. It was Gerber's first game against his former teammates.
"We have to learn to protect leads and push harder into games," Gerber said. "It's tough on everybody, but we know our guys can change it and it has to come from us."
Ottawa took control early, with a goal at 2:01. Vermette won a scramble in the Carolina zone along the boards, and sent a blind backhand pass to Alfredsson, who moved up from the point. The Sens' captain took a stride toward the net and wristed the puck home.
That lead would be doubled just 2:50 into the second. Hamel finished off a pretty 2-on-1 chance that began with fourth-line winger Brian McGrattan breaking up a Carolina rush in the neutral zone, feeding ahead to Chris Kelly. Kelly then hit a streaking Hamel, who slid a shot along the ice inside the far post and just under Ward's pad.
Carolina cut the lead to 2-1 on a fluke play. With Tom Preissing in the box for Ottawa, the Hurricanes set up in the Senators' zone. Brind'Amour sent a pass over to Cole, who let a seemingly harmless backhander go from a sharp angle. The puck bounced off Gerber's back, and landed over the goal line. Cole got credit for the tally, his third of the season, at 15:03.
Just 58 seconds into the final stanza, the 'Canes knotted the score. Whitney scored his first of the night by gathering in a loose puck at the right faceoff dot, and wristing it through a tiny space between Gerber's body and the post.
Carolina has won three of the last four games over the Sens in Ottawa...The Hurricanes outshot Ottawa 30-15 through the final two periods, 40-26 for the game...Carolina was 2-of-7 on the power play, Ottawa scoreless in seven chances.
11/05 02:57:17 ET