NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Ottawa
(Wednesday, February 28th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Carolina 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Emery stopped 27 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, as the Ottawa Senators shut down the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-0, in the back end of a home-and-home set between the teams at Scotiabank Place.
Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza tallied for the Senators, who have won eight of their last nine games, including two straight against Carolina.
"We're all playing with confidence," said Emery. "At the start of the year that's not the style of hockey we were playing and that's part of the reason for our slow start. We've got so much talent on this team that's it's hard not to put two good games together."
Cam Ward made 24 saves in the loss for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two straight and three of five, and were also shutout for the eighth time this season.
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead at 3:54 of the first, as Spezza's initial sharp-angle try kicked off Ward right to Heatley, who tucked the rebound off the far post and in.
The Sens upped the advantage to 2-0 with 4:41 played in the third, when defenseman Wade Redden hit Spezza in stride right out of the penalty box, and the center had half the ice to himself before rifling the puck past Ward from the slot.
Carolina outshot the hosts 14-6 in the final 20 minutes, but Emery was equal to the task by turning aside each chance to preserve the win.
"We have to dig in now and get some wins going," said Canes forward Scott Walker. "We just have to work harder and get the shots through. Obviously, I think we've got what it takes. We just have to pick it up and get it going."
Ottawa took the season series, 3-1-0...Emery now has eight career shutouts...Heatley's goal gives him a nine-game point streak (7-8-15), and Spezza's goal also increased his point streak to nine games (7-10-17)...The last time Carolina had been blanked at least eight times in one season occurred in 2002-2003...Neither team scored in 13 combined power-play chances...Ottawa plays in Atlanta on Friday, while Carolina hosts Pittsburgh on Friday.
02/28 23:57:02 ET