Analysis from Ottawa
→ The Carolina Hurricanes scored just 34 seconds into Tuesday night's game in Ottawa, but a 1-1 tie was broken by the Senators in overtime, as they secured the extra point with a 2-1 win in 3-on-3 hockey. Kyle Turris scored the game-winning goal, while Jaccob Slavin netted the Canes' lone tally.
"The effort was good. It was probably one of our better efforts for 60 minutes," head coach Bill Peters said. "I liked the effort and execution. I thought both teams made a push at certain times."
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→ The Hurricanes got off to a rather quick start, as Jaccob Slavin gave his team the 1-0 lead just 34 seconds into the contest. Corralling the puck at the red line, Slavin toe dragged around defenders at the Ottawa blue line before going to his patented backhander for the goal.
"It was a good way to get the game going. We got the momentum on our side," Slavin said. "It would have been better if we got two points out of it, for sure."
The Hurricanes continued to dominate play and had a 14-1 edge in shots past the midway point of the period. The team hasn't seen the shot clock tilt that much in their favor this season, but tonight they had the puck and offensive zone time to gain a substantial advantage.
"We were just moving the puck quick all around the ice, starting in the D-zone and all the way into the offensive zone," Slavin said. "We just skated them a lot that period. We kind of got away from it a little in the second period but back to it in the third."
"I liked the first period. It was good hockey, and there wasn't a lot of room," Peters said. "We shot the puck, stayed on it early and got off to a good start."
Seemingly out of nowhere, then, the Senators tied the game on their third shot of the game. Dion Phaneuf stepped up and rifled the puck to the back of the net.
→ The first period was also notable for its physicality, more so than we've seen in a Hurricanes game this season. Phil Di Giuseppe, who said his preseason fight with Matt Niskanen in early October was the first he could remember, and Matt Puempel dropped the gloves off a neutral zone faceoff. Di Giuseppe and Puempel both got some shots in before going to the ice.
At one point later in the period with the Canes still carrying play, Anderson covered up and Aho lost an edge and slid into the Sens' goaltender. Chris Neil took exception and gave Aho a couple of punches while he was defenseless on the ice. Then, a skirmish broke out behind the Canes' net following a whistle, and Ron Hainsey and Zack Smith ended up with matching roughing minors.
"We're a competitive group," Peters said. "That's hockey. That's the way it is."
In the last five minutes of the period, Jordan Staal and Phaneuf came together at center ice, tossed the gloves and bear-hugged before falling to the ice. The two each received roughing minors.
"He plays hard, and I try to too," Staal said. "Stuff like that happens."
With how chippy the opening 20 minutes were, things could have escalated from there, but the final 40 minutes were mostly without incident.
→ Things sagged considerably for the Hurricanes in the second period, as the Senators pushed back and flipped the script on the shot chart, though the scoreboard remained consistent. Ottawa seemed to control play and held a 15-6 shot advantage in the middle frame while the Canes couldn't generate much up the ice.
"We want to play a fast, quick game," Staal said. "The game slowed down tonight, and we came up short."
"They definitely played a better period. We stopped moving the puck quick," Slavin said.
"They did to us what we did to them," Peters said. "I didn't think we were as good in transition in the second. Then I thought the game settled down, and the game was pretty even from that point on."
→ Defenseman Ryan Murphy made his return to the lineup tonight after missing the team's first eight games with a lower-body injury. Murphy logged 13:48 of ice time, two takeaways and one blocked shot.
"Real good. I thought he moved the puck and had some poise," Peters said. "I thought he played well."
→ The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh for a pair of practice days on Thursday and Friday before again leaving town to face the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, the front half of a back-to-back set that then brings the team back to PNC Arena for a Sunday evening tilt against the New Jersey Devils.