Sens Lose 4-3 to Hurricanes

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This game was extremely important to the Hurricanes as they were 3 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot to start the night.  Of course, by the 13:40 mark, you wouldn’t know of its importance as Colin Greening & Marek Svatos (his 1st with the Sens) had given the Sens a 2-0 lead.  Shuffle ahead a minute and you would then be reminded, as the Hurricanes answered with 2 goals in 25 seconds and the game was tied at 2.

After 2 early, unsuccessful power-plays for the Hurricanes, the Sens brought it in the 2nd, peppering Cam Ward with numerous shots and causing havoc in the Canes’ offensive zone.  But it was Carolina that took the lead as Chad LaRose received a pass from Brandon Sutter, skated to the middle of the ice and wristed one by Curtis McElhinney.

Carolina added more in the third.  Erik Cole would strip Roman Wick of the puck in the Sens zone and pass it to Cory Stillman.  Stillman would then play give and go with Eric Staal, sending the puck into the open net and increasing the lead to 2.  But Jason Spezza would continue his amazing run since the All-Star break, showing tremendous patience and finding Erik Karlsson along the side of the net for the easy re-direct and Ottawa was within 1 again.  The Senators would continue pressing for the remainder of the game, and if a couple of penalties had been called that should have been, they may have tied the game.  They weren’t, so they didn’t, and the Hurricanes escaped with a 4-3 win.

Stillman’s Goal

Cam Ward was fantastic, making 35 saves, most from in close.   Nick Foligno seemed to be fighting the puck all night, while youngsters Patrick Weircioch & Roman Wick were a -2.  Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 of the 24 shots directed at him and was a victim of some defensive zone breakdowns. Still, a great effort by the Senators, this time in a losing cause.

Cory Clouston

Chris Neil

Video of Clouston, McElhinney & Neil


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