Marian Hossa and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first
period to lift the Senators past the Hurricanes 3-1. Hossa added
two assists for the Senators, who pushed their unbeaten streak
against Carolina to 11 games.
The Senators took control early, scoring two first-period goals
while allowing just four shots and committing no penalties. Ottawa,
the NHL's second-best power-play team, also capitalized on its
first opportunity with the man advantage late in the period.
Shaun Van Allen added an empty-net goal for the Senators, who
have won 12 of 18 overall.
"I like the way we played," Senators coach Jacques Martin
said. "I thought we played real strong, and that's what we need."
Jeff O'Neill scored on a five-on-three power play in the second
period for Carolina, which has lost four of six.
Carolina has not beaten Ottawa since a 3-2 overtime win in April
The Hurricanes, who acquired right wing Justin Williams from
Philadelphia for defenseman Danny Markov earlier Tuesday, showed
little sign of life offensively. Carolina, which came in with a
league-low 86 goals, didn't record a shot for nearly six minutes to
start the game.
Ottawa outshot Carolina 30-14. The 14 shots were a season-low
for Carolina, which averaged 29.4 coming in.
It marked the third time in four games that the Hurricanes got
off to a slow start. Carolina fell behind 5-1 in the opening period
of a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday. The next night, they trailed 3-1
after the first period before rallying to beat Atlanta 4-3.
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said there was no excuse for the
way his team had started games recently.
"We're harmless. We're a harmless team," he said. "We don't
want to hurt anybody, we don't want to take possession of the game,
or bang bodies or crash the net. It's frustrating just trying to
figure it out."
Hossa got the Senators on the board, grabbing the puck off a
faceoff and charging up ice to beat Jamie Storr 12:12 in.
The Senators increased the lead with a power-play goal less than
2½ minutes later. After Sean Hill was whistled for interference,
Alfredsson one-timed a pass from Hossa and beat Storr from the blue
line 17 seconds into the man advantage.
"I think the first period was really the key," Hossa said.
"We didn't stop pressuring them. ... Tonight we protected the
lead, so that's huge for us."
O'Neill scored his ninth goal during a two-man advantage at
11:17 of the second, but Carolina got no closer.
"It's pretty much the same scenario it's been all year,"
O'Neill said. "If you can't put more than one goal in the net,
you're not going to end up with anything, especially against that
Ottawa entered with an NHL-best 3.24 goals per game while
ranking tied for second with 2.06 goals allowed. ... Alfredsson
pushed his point streak to three games. ... The Senators are 12-1-1
against Southeast Division teams. ... Carolina's previous low shot
total was 17, set in a win against Los Angeles and a loss to
Dallas. ... Williams finished with one shot on goal in his Carolina
debut. ... Hill had a four-game point streak snapped. ... O'Neill
took sole possession of fifth place on the franchise's goal-scoring