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Kovalev scores 400th goal, hat trick in Sens' win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Kovalev scores 400th goal, hat trick in Sens' win
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Ottawa Senators 4
Alex Kovalev reached a major milestone on Saturday night, and helped his team pick up a victory in the process.

After going 16 games without a goal, Kovalev scored three times -- including the 400th of his career -- as the Ottawa Senators earned a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place.

With the score tied 2-2 late in the third, Kovalev took a shot on an Ottawa power play that deflected off the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison and past Manny Legace for No. 400. Kovalev added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

''It's always great to pass that point,'' said Kovalev, the 82nd player in NHL history to reach 400 goals. ''I know it's been 14 or 15 (games since he's scored) or something like that, so I could have done that early but now I can forget about it.''

Kovalev also scored the game's first goal, which came 7:48 into the opening period. With the teams at even strength, Kovalev redirected Nick Foligno's feed past Legace to end his long scoring drought.

Ray Whitney scored a pair of goals in the second period for Carolina, which has won only once on the road all season. Whitney's first of the night came just 29 seconds into the period via the power play. Jason Spezza put Ottawa back in front on a man advantage with just his fourth goal of the season at 10:06, but Whitney tied the game again when he collected Eric Staal's rebound and poked it past Elliott for his 10th goal of the season.

"The puck just kind of squeaked between (Elliott's) arm and lucky enough I got it before it went in and then we get the goal by (Kovalev)," said Spezza, who now has three goals in nine games after scoring just once in his first 20 games. "When things are going good it happens that way and when things are going bad that one trickles in and we don't get score the goal."

The Hurricanes had collected five points in their previous four games heading into Ottawa, and coach Paul Maurice was hoping to keep that roll going.

''We need to win some games, so to be that close to it is frustrating,'' Maurice said. ''We've been playing good for about three weeks to a month now and we've had a lot of these nights. A little understaffed, a little undermanned and we're running some kids a little hard. They're playing, but you've got to get that puck across the line.''

Material from wire services was used in this report.




scoring summary
1st Period
07:48
OTT
Alex Kovalev (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (6), Mike Fisher (13)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
00:21
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (9) Slapshot - ASST: Joni Pitkanen (12), Tuomo Ruutu (12)
1 - 1 Tie
10:06
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Phillips (7), Daniel Alfredsson (20)
2 - 1 OTT
17:05
CAR
Ray Whitney (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (11), Jay Harrison (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
16:56
OTT
PPG - Alex Kovalev (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (5), Filip Kuba (11)
3 - 2 OTT
19:31
OTT
EN - Alex Kovalev (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (7)
4 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
17:46
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hi stick - double minor against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
08:25
CAR
Tom Kostopoulos  Hi-sticking against  Nick Foligno
14:46
CAR
Aaron Ward  Interference against  Daniel Alfredsson
3rd Period
06:58
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
16:17
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Alex Kovalev
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 38TOI: 59:47
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .921SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
SA: 25TOI: 59:57
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0