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Weekes makes 37 saves

1/11/2004

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Eric Cole picked the perfect time to break
a long scoring drought.

Cole scored for the first time in 27 games when he netted the
tying goal with 3:29 left in regulation, lifting the Carolina
Hurricanes into a 2-2 draw Sunday with the Ottawa Senators.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Cole flipped a back-hander
by Patrick Lalime. Cole's previous goal was Nov. 13 against
Atlanta.

"It's been quite a while," Cole said. "It's what I am
expected to do. It's something I should be doing more often."

The Senators, 1-3-6 in overtime, were not happy settling for a
tie.

"I think we played well at times, but giving up the late goal
is disappointing," defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn said.

Kevin Weekes made 38 saves for Carolina, which has not beaten
Ottawa in 10 games.

"We hung on and we hung in there and we were able to get a
decent result," Weekes said. "Fortunately, we did get a tie."

Marian Hossa scored twice for the Senators, and Eric Staal had
the other goal for the Hurricanes.

Hossa gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead on a jam-in at 8:31 of the third
period after he made a give-and-go pass to Martin Havlat. The goal
came with four seconds left on a hooking penalty against Carolina
captain Ron Francis.

Hossa's first goal gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 9:09 of the
second period, marking the 20th time in 42 games Ottawa scored
first.

"Unfortunately we go home with only one point," Hossa said.
"We would have liked the two points. Usually we know how to
protect a lead. But give them credit, they worked hard, too."

Carolina tied it when Staal went high with a shot over Lalime's
glove at 15:14 of the second. Staal took a pass from Francis, who
was set up behind the net.

Ottawa coach Jacques Martin was pleased with the overall effort
of his team even thought the Senators allowed the Hurricanes to
score twice.

"There's a point where you have to say that two mistakes cost
us," Martin said. "But I thought overall we had a good effort."

While Ottawa was 2-for-5 on the power play, Carolina continued
to struggle with the man advantage -- going 0-for-5.

"The power play has been one of our strengths all year,"
Leschyshyn said. "Tonight we scored two big goals for us. If you
want to win games, special teams play a huge part in it. Ours have
been pretty good all year."

Carolina, outshot 40-20, didn't record a shot until 10 minutes
elapsed.

"We tried to put everything at their goalie," Hossa said.
"Too bad we didn't get more. He made some good saves. He kept them
in the game. We had some good chances."

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette wants the Hurricanes to shoot
more.

"We look to pass too much," Laviolette said. "I have a hard
time understanding that. The puck should be going at the net more.
We had opportunities."

Game notes
Carolina D Danny Markov missed his second straight game
because of an injured shoulder. ... Francis earned an assist for
the third straight game. ... Ottawa has scored first in 20 of 42
games this season. ... Jeff O'Neill's assist gave him 404 points
with the Hurricanes, third most in franchise history.