Game Blog: Hurricanes down Sens 6-3 for third straight win
Posted January 25
Final: Hurricanes 6, Senators 3: The Carolina Hurricanes got their third straight win Saturday with a 6-3 home victory over the Ottawa Senators. Manny Malhotra tallied two goals in the win, and the Hurricanes scored four of their six goals in the second period.
18:19, 3rd Period: Hurricanes 6, Senators 3: Malhotra scores his second of the contest into an empty net to put the Hurricanes up 6-3. Nathan Gerbe and Drayson Bowman tallied assists on the goal.
19:37, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 5, Senators 3: Mike Zibanejad answers right back with a goal 10 seconds later for Ottawa. Bobby Ryan and Cory Conacher notch assists on the final goal of the frame.
19:27, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 5, Senators 2: The torrid second period continues with a snap shot goal by Tuomo Ruutu with 33 seconds left in the frame. Sekera and Semin tally assists.
17:45, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 4, Senators 2: Kyle Turris scores a shorthanded goal to make it 4-2 Hurricanes late in the second period. The goal came on a four-minute Carolina power play. Clarke MacArthur and Eric Gryba are once again credited with assists.
13:58, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 4, Senators 1: Kyle Turris gets the Senators on the board with a wrist shot. Clarke MacArthut and Eric Gryba tally assists.
13:23, 2nd Period: Hurricanes 4, Senators 0: Riley Nash puts the Hurricanes up 4-0 on the Senators. Andrej Sekera and Radak Dvorak get the assists.
6:37, 2nd Period, Hurricanes 3, Senators 0: Make it 3-0 Hurricanes over the Senators thanks to a goal by Manny Malhotra. The two goals came just 32 seconds apart, and the Malhotra goal was assisted by Nathan Gerbe and Drayson Bowman.
6:05, 2nd Period, Hurricanes 2, Senators 0: Eric Staal puts the Carolina Hurricanes up 2-0 early in the second. The goal was assisted by Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey.
End 1st, Hurricanes 1, Senator 0: Ottawa recorded 10 shots to Carolina's six in the opening 20 minutes, but Nathan Gerbe's goal midway through the frame put the Hurricanes up 1-0 on the visiting Senators.
1st Period, 10:30 , Hurricanes 1, Senators 0: Nathan Gerbe scores on a wrap-around chance to put the Hurricanes up 1-0 midway through the first period. The tally is Gerbe's 11th of the season, and Manny Malhotra and Mike Komisarek get credit for the assists.
1st Period, 20:00: Anton Khudobin will start once again for the Hurricanes as they look to win their third straight game against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Patrick Dwyer (upper body) and Brett Bellemore (healthy) are the two scratches for Carolina.
Drayson Bowman, Manny Malhotra, Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Sekera and Justin Faulk will start for Carolina.
Pregame: Snowy weather may have shuffled the Carolina Hurricanes' schedule around this week, but it hasn't hurt their play on the ice.
The Hurricanes will try for a third straight victory on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Ottawa Senators for a 12 p.m. battle at PNC Arena (99.9 FM The Fan).
Saturday's game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was pushed back a day to accommodate the Hurricanes. Carolina was originally slated to play Tuesday in Philadelphia, but that tilt was postponed until the following day due to weather. The Hurricanes then visited Buffalo on Thursday and had Friday's test moved back because they couldn't play on three consecutive days.
Carolina notched a 3-2 win in Philly and followed with a 5-3 decision against the Sabres.
Saturday's game is an important one in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Senators are currently two points out of the East's last postseason berth, and Carolina is just one point behind Ottawa.
The Hurricanes recorded a 4-1 win over a visiting Senators club on Nov. 24, giving Carolina wins in five of the last six meetings. Ottawa has dropped three straight and 10 of the past 11 encounters in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes hope to keep heading in the right direction on Saturday, when they play the first of two straight on home ice. Carolina is 11-10-5 as the host this season and will play six of seven tests in Raleigh before the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics early next month.
The Hurricanes and Sabres were tied at 2-2 after 40 minutes on Thursday and Buffalo grabbed a one-goal lead just 48 seconds into the third period. However, Alexander Semin and Andrej Sekera scored 2:25 apart for Carolina near the midway point of the third to give Carolina the lead for good.
Jiri Tlusty, who scored the game-winner with 6:10 left in the third period on Wednesday, added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to seal the win in Buffalo.
"We're starting to really gel together right now," said Carolina head coach Kirk Muller. "We're getting the goaltending, our big guys are starting to score and our other guys are playing their roles. You put it together, you're getting some good results."
Semin finished with two goals, Sekera added two assists and Anton Khudobin made 26 saves for a Hurricanes team that won for the third time in four games.
Ottawa is 7-1-3 over its last 11 games, but the club enters Saturday having lost three of its past four tilts.
After opening a four-game road trip with a 2-0 win in Washington on Monday, the Senators dropped a 4-3 shootout decision Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ottawa was able to salvage a point thanks to Chris Neil's game- tying goal with 2:18 remaining in the third period.
Clarke MacArthur and Erik Karlsson both posted a goal and an assist for the Sens, while Craig Anderson made 35 stops in a losing effort. Ex-Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 33-of-36 shots to earn the win for the Lightning.
"We competed all night and I think we did the things we needed to do to be in this game," said Anderson. "We got a point, so there is that."
Ottawa, which will complete its trip Tuesday at Columbus, is 11-8-5 as the road team this season.