Senators veto Canes
Feb 25, 2009
The Carolina Hurricanes played a sloppy first period in Ottawa and let a chance to move into seventh place in the Eastern conference melt away in Canada's Capital city. Statistically the Hurricanes dominated the Senators firing 43 shots on Alex Auld, but only able to solve him twice and had a three game winning streak snapped. After the game winger Chad LaRose summed up the Carolina's performance, " we came out sluggish and were bad all around and probably lost the game there in the first."
It was 3-1 Ottawa advantage after the first period and goalie Cam Ward made some big saves he allowed a tough goal by Mike Comrie's wrister with eleven seconds left in the period to give the Sens a two goal lead. Ward was pulled in favor of Michael Leighton to start the second period and only surrendered one power play goal.
Head coach Paul Maurice was to the point after the game, "Well we got beat that's it. I don't have much more, we out shot them by a ton we gave up four goals on eleven shots, gave up some bad chances, I didn't think they were that good I didn't think we were that good, that was it."
The good news is Carolina did not lose any ground on Florida or Buffalo with the loss as both teams were beaten, the unfortunate side is the Canes could have put themselves in better playoff position with a win. The Canes play Thursday at home against Buffalo with another chance to climb into the top eight.