The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 last night at the PNC Arena behind 33 saves from starting goaltender Dan Ellis and captain Eric Staal's fifth goal of the season. The Senators entered the game with an impressive 5-1-1 record to begin the season and an offense that boasted 13 different goal scorers, tied for the most in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but were without top-line center Jason Spezza who will miss the next two months due to back surgery.
The Carolina Hurricanes got the scoring started in the first period when Alexander Semin took the puck in to the offensive zone and fired a quick pass towards the slot which was tipped past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson for his fifth of the season. The goal came 15:45 into the first period and gave the Hurricanes the lead after the first period for the first time this season. The Hurricanes fired 15 shots on goal in the first period, and Hurricanes' goaltender Dan Ellis made 12 saves to keep the Senators scoreless.
The second period was a real momentum-builder for the Carolina Hurricanes as Dan Ellis was on top of this game making 13 of his 33 saves during the period, and the team was able to kill of a four-minute double-major high-sticking penalty to Jamie McBain to keep the 1-0 lead. Forward Jeff Skinner almost made it 2-0 midway through the period but his wrist shot rang off the crossbar. The Hurricanes fried a total of nine shots on goal in the second period bringing their two-period total to 24.
The Carolina Hurricanes were able to close the game in the third period behind eight more saves from Dan Ellis. Although the Hurricanes would fire 11 shots on goal in the period, but it would be Eric Staal's first period goal that would be the game winner. The win improves the Hurricanes' record to 3-3 on the season; the team takes to the ice again tonight in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia Flyers.Tags: alexander semin, Carolina, Carolina Hurricanes, Dan Ellis, Eric Staal, Hockey, jason spezza, NHL, ottawa senators