RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (TICKER) -- Shaun Van Allen scored a shorthanded goal 2:10 into the third period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1.
Ron Francis scored a power-play goal 23 seconds into the third period for the Hurricanes, who had just two shots in the first. The teams combined for only 44 shots.
Van Allen skated untouched over the blue line and beat goaltender Arturs Irbe for his fifth goal of the season, third in four games and fourth in seven contests.
Patrick Lalime made 18 of his 20 saves over the final two periods for the Senators, who played for the second straight day. They stole a point at home against New Jersey on Monday, losing 4-3 in overtime after trailing 3-0.
"It's tough to take, especially when you're at point when you think you've got the momentum," said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, whose team had won two of three games after a 1-6 stretch.
With the momentum leaning heavily toward the Hurricanes and Senators defenseman Janne Laukkanen in the penalty box for holding, Van Allen scored the game-winner.
"I just saw our guy, (Igor) Kravchuk, racing down the right side and when I got to the blue line I really thought about giving it to him to open it up for the one-timer," Van Allen said. "Then their defense stepped over on him to give me a little room and I just found the five-hole on Irbe."
CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:
On the game:
“There were some opportunities to shoot some shots, and we did not take ours obviously in the first period and they did a very good job of playing a real solid defensive game. There were no rebound chances for us. I don’t think we really forced them to grill it out a whole lot because we didn’t crash it very well. We weren’t putting shots at the net early in the game and all of a sudden your guys firing out to fake passes instead of driving the net and putting the shots out. On the first power-play we stood around and passed around. The second one we just pounded the puck and we ended up scoring a goal off it. Tie ball game and we’re back into this game and then shorthanded goal. And that’s tough to take at that point especially after you just scored and you feel like you have the momentum moving forward.”
I don’t think we were particularly tentative, we just didn’t shoot the puck. It was not like we were sitting back and … worrying about shutting their team’s offense down. We had plenty of chances to shoot pucks in. Three odd man rushes that we didn’t put a shot on net.
OTTAWA SENATORS COACH JACQUES MARTIN:
On the game:
“I thought with back-to-back games, I thought we played well, a simple game. I thought we got a real good effort. We were missing some people, Bonk is sick. I thought (Van Allen) coming back gave us a strong effort.”
We talked about playing better defense. That’s the key for our club. I told them before the game, I’ve been really pleased with our production. We have been creating a lot of chances lately. Like the game against Jersey, I thought we gave too many chances against. We have to play a little better defense and keep our offense and we’ll be alright.”
-----------------------------Ottawa 0 1 1--2Carolina 0 0 1--1-----------------------------FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Kovalenko, Car (boarding),8:09; Oneill, Car (cross checking), 19:54.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Ottawa, Mceachern 15 (Redden, Alfredsson),13:08. Penalties: Laukkanen, Ott (hooking), 6:26; Kapanen, Car (roughing),18:32; V Prospal, Ott ( double roughing minor), 18:32.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Carolina, Francis 11 (power play) (Coffey,Roberts), 0:23. 3, Ottawa, S Van Allen 5 (shorthanded) (Kravchuk,Traverse), 2:10. Penalties: Laukkanen, Ott (holding), 1:22; Ottawa bench,served by V Prospal (too many men on the ice), 10:28; Pratt, Car (highsticking), 18:22; Kravchuk, Ott (interference), 18:42.Shots on goal:---------------------------------Ottawa 7 7 9--23Carolina 2 9 10--21---------------------------------
Power-play Conversions: Ott - 0 of 3, Car - 1 of 4. Goalies: Ottawa, Lalime (21 shots, 20 saves; record: 10-7-2). Carolina, Irbe (23, 21; record: 12-13-7). A: 7,848. Referees: Marouelli, Heyer. Linesmen: Morin, Orourke.