Carolina Hurricanes' defenseman Jay Harrison netted the game-winning goal 2:19 into the overtime period to lift the team to a 3-2 victory in Scotiabank Place against the Ottawa Senators. Chad Larose netted his first of the season to tie the game 1-1 in the second period and Alexander Semin scored his second of the season to tie the game 2-2 in the third period before Harrison gave them the win with his second of the season. Carolina Hurricanes' starting goaltender Cam Ward had a season-high 45 saves on 47 shots faced, including five saves in the overtime period.
The Ottawa Senators got the scoring started 18:03 into the first period when Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson drove hard to the net and jammed a rebound chance past Cam Ward from the side of the net to give the Senators the 1-0 lead. The goal was Karlsson's fifth of the season and was assisted by Jakob Silferberg and Zack Smith. Ottawa Senators starting goaltender Craig Anderson made 10 saves in the first period to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Senators.
The Carolina Hurricanes would tie the score 1-1 nearly 13 minutes into the second period on a breakaway goal from forward Chad LaRose. LaRose skated seemingly undetected up the right side of the ice and Drayson Bowman fed him a beautiful tape-to-tape pass from the Hurricanes' blue-line and LaRose skated into the Ottawa zone with only Anderson ahead of him. LaRose fired a quick wrist shot off the right post and into the back of the net to tie the score 1-1; the goal was scored 12:59 into the second period and was assisted by Drayson Bowman and Jay Harrison.
The Senators would answer a mere 3:05 later when Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson beat Cam Ward with a nearly perfect wrist shot over the left shoulder from the right side of the goal. The goal was Alfredsson's third of the season and was assisted by Kyle Turris and Sergi Gonchar.
The Hurricanes tied the score 2-2 with 7:34 remaining in the third on a powerplay goal from Alexander Semin. Semin found room high in the slot in-front of the net and buried an Eric Staal centering pass past Anderson to bring the score even at 2-2. The goal was Semin's second of the season and was assisted by Eric Staal, extending his point streak to seven consecutive games (he has seven goals and four assists in the span), and Tim Brent. Although both teams had chances late, the starting goaltenders for both teams made key saves to keep the score tied and forcing overtime.
Cam Ward made five of his season-high 45 saves in the overtime period and kept the Hurricanes in a position to win which Jay Harrison converted on 2:14 into the overtime period. Forward Jeff Skinner raced the puck up the ice and fed it to teammate Jordan Staal who patiently dangled the puck around a Senators' defender before firing a shot on goal that was blocked by Anderson, but the rebound found the stick of Harrison who lifted the puck over the pads of Anderson and into the back of the net to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 overtime win.
The Carolina Hurricanes' road-trip brings them to Philadelphia to play the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow afternoon at 1:00. The Hurricanes lost their last game to the Flyers 5-3, but will look to build on their current two-game winning streak.
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