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Senators score twice in four seconds, top Hurricanes

Goals by Namestnikov, Pageau late in first period boost Ottawa; Carolina loses fourth straight

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Sens score twice in four seconds

CAR@OTT: Namestnikov, Pageau score four seconds apart

Vladislav Namestnikov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau combine to score twice in four seconds to notch the fastest two goals in franchise history

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OTTAWA -- Vladislav Namestnikov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored four seconds apart in the first period, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Namestnikov made it 2-0 at 16:47 when Tyler Ennis' shot went in off his body, and Pageau extended the lead to 3-0 at 16:51 when he took the puck off the ensuing face-off and scored from the left circle.

It was the 10th time in NHL history that a team has scored two goals in four seconds or less. The Montreal Canadiens hold the record, scoring twice in two seconds against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 1, 2018.


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"We weren't ready to play, to a man. The first period was a joke," Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal said. "We gave them three goals and that was it."

Anders Nilsson made 38 saves, and Filip Chlapik scored his first goal of the season for Ottawa (6-9-1), which has won two straight and five of its past eight.

"I think that we just showed that we can beat the top teams in the League," Chlapik said. "Obviously, it builds confidence. Everyone's hungry, everyone wants to win, everyone wants to play, and it's really fun right now."

Video: CAR@OTT: Chlapik buries rebound for opening goal

Andrei Svechnikov scored, and James Reimer made 26 saves for Carolina (9-7-1), which has lost four games in a row.

"It's soul-searching time for our group," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We're better than what we're showing right now, for sure, but tonight, that was not acceptable."

Svechnikov scored a power-play goal to cut it to 3-1 at 10:58 of the second period with a wrist shot short side from the top of the left circle.

"A young guy can't be the best player on the team," Brind'Amour said. "That's another problem. And I know we're young. Generally, we've got a lot of young guys. But the guys that have been around, they can lead the way a little better for our group."

Brady Tkachuk made it 4-1 at 15:53 of the third period. After receiving a cross-ice pass from Anthony Duclair, Tkachuk's shot from in front was saved by Reimer, but the rebound deflected off the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton into the net.

Video: CAR@OTT: Tkachuk banks puck in off Reimer, skate

"He brings so much speed and skill," Tkachuk said of Duclair. "His individual skill is definitely some of the best I've seen. If you give him the puck, he's going to make a nice, cool play that everyone loves to see. I just try to be open and jump to holes to get the puck back.

"At the start (of the season), we were playing good hockey, but not a full 60 minutes, and recently we're just starting to string them together. I think it's just us working hard every single shift and playing our game, which is fast and physical."

Chlapik gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 9:34 of the first on a rebound off a 2-on-1. Jonathan Davidsson and J.C. Beaudin each had an assist on the play for his first point in the NHL.


They said it

"It's a snowball effect both ways. When you're going good, it's easy and it can roll that way. When it goes bad, it's tough to get out sometimes, and right now, when you're not scoring any goals, everything gets magnified." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"We think we're better than we are right now, and we think we can go out and just win games. It's the NHL, we've got to be ready to go every game and we're not right now. We're leaving our goalies out to dry. We're just not good enough and it's got to turn around soon or it's going to be a long season." -- Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal

"I thought he skated the best he's skated all year. I thought he carried the puck more than he has. He really helped us, it helps our team speed." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on forward Colin White, who played his first game since sustaining a hip injury Oct. 21


Need to know

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho was minus-4. … Pageau has scored at least one goal in four consecutive games and has six points (five goals, one assist) during a five-game point streak.

Video: CAR@OTT: Pageau scores four seconds after Namestnikov


What's next

Hurricanes: Host the Ottawa Senators on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Pageau, Nilsson lead Senators to 4-1 home victory

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