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REVIEW: HURRICANES 1, OTTAWA 0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
KANATA, Ontario (AP) -- Despite scoring the game's only goal, Shane Willis didn't consider himself a hero.

Willis scored a power-play goal midway through the third period and Arturs Irbe recorded his second straight shutout over Ottawa as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Senators 1-0 Thursday night.

"You've got to give all the credit to Arturs Irbe," Willis said. "He stood on his head early in the game. We just took the momentum off of that and built it up in the third period. We started getting more and more chances in the third and then we were able to bury them on the power play."

Willis, who scored twice in a 4-0 home victory over Ottawa last Sunday, fired a shot from the point over goalie Patrick Lalime's shoulder at 9:47 to give the Senators their fourth straight loss.

"Both teams were getting huge chances early on and both Lalime and Irbe were playing huge," Willis said. "It was going to come down to that one shot or that one bounce that was going to win the game for us."

With Andre Roy in the penalty box, Willis wristed a shot past Lalime for his seventh goal of the season, giving the Hurricanes just their fifth road point in nine games.

"Everyone just went to the net and that little hole opened up for me," Willis said. "I don't think Lalime saw it go by and it was able to catch the post and (go) in."

Irbe, who made 29 saves in the first shutout, turned aside all 27 Senators shots, including numerous scoring opportunities. He has 26 career shutouts.

"Our boys definitely played a very good defensive game in our end," Irbe said. "Sure, there were a couple of breakaways and stuff, but that's what we are for, in the nets, to stop those because that really boosts the team and gives our teammates extra wings to fly higher."

Game notes
Irbe has 13 shutouts with the Hurricanes. ... Carolina forward Rob DiMaio was out of the lineup. DiMaio left Wednesday's game in the second period with back spasms.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Carolina0011
Ottawa0000

First Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: G Wesley, Car (interference),2:24; Hatcher, Car (holding), 7:37; Vasicek, Car (holding), 11:14; Roy,Ott (elbowing), 13:48; Oneill, Car (holding stick), 15:12; Karpa, Car(Delay of game), 16:52.
Second Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Hatcher, Car (slashing),5:59; Rivers, Ott (high sticking), 8:27; Ozolinsh, Car (roughing), 9:39;Kapanen, Car (roughing), 9:39; Zamuner, Ott (roughing), 9:39.
Third Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Willis 7 (power play) (Francis,Ozolinsh), 9:47. Penalties: Roy, Ott (roughing), 0:16; Roy, Ott(roughing), 9:20; Roy, Ott (slashing, misconduct), 9:47.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina5713--25
Ottawa

12
10
5
--27

Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 5, Ott - 0 of 7. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (27 shots, 27 saves; record: 5-6-3). Ottawa, Lalime (25, 24; record:3-3-1). A:15,211. Referees: B Mccreary, Warren. Linesmen: Champoux,Henderson.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

CarolinaOttawa
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
0
1
1
1
1
3
0
1
0
4
1
0
2
1
0
4
0
5
Arvedson
Bonk
Dackell
Emmons
Forbes
Havlat
Hossa
Mceachern
Phillips
Rachunek
Redden
Rivers
Roy
Salo
V Prospal
Yashin
York
Zamuner
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
1
1
0
1
2
2
0
3
0
0
2
1
0
3
3
3
2
3
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