OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Clarke MacArthur were injured after a goalmouth collision in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.
Lehner and MacArthur did not return to the game after MacArthur ran into Lehner while trying to break up a 3-on-1 by the Hurricanes. The play resulted in a goal by Jay McClement and a 4-3 Carolina lead with 54 seconds left in the second period.
Senators coach Dave Cameron said he did not have an update on the condition of the injured players.
When he dove towards the Ottawa goal, MacArthur’s head contacted Lehner’s chest and Lehner’s mask went flying. Both players were motionless on the ice for several seconds and were examined by medical staff.
Both players got up and left the ice. Lehner was replaced in goal by Andrew Hammond, who played in his second NHL game.
"The way they collided, and then the way they went down, and you saw them not move … it’s scary," Senators forward Bobby Ryan said. "You automatically think about them, and the goal becomes very secondary at that point.
"I think everybody wanted to come in and check on them, regroup. It is tough to automatically think you’ve got to go out there and you’re down by one at that point. The game doesn’t become secondary, but when you factor in health and friendships, it almost seems to."
The teams were sent to their dressing rooms after the goal and the last 54 seconds of the second period were played after the second intermission.
"It was definitely scary to see two guys like that," said McClement, who was a teammate of MacArthur’s with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I wasn’t sure if I hit them or what. I just tried to get out of the way of the crossbar and it looked like Clarkie kind of hit the goalie.
"I feel bad. Clarkie is actually a good buddy so I hope they’re both okay."
The Hurricanes (20-28-7) got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Michal Jordan and Chris Terry. Jordan’s goal was the first of his NHL career.
Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and two assists for Carolina. Nathan Gerbe also scored for the Hurricanes, who are 10-5-3 in 2015.
Erik Condra, Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa (22-23-10). Hoffman’s goal gave him the rookie lead with 20.
Carolina goaltender Cam Ward made 29 saves.
Lehner allowed four goals on 31 shots. Hammond allowed two goals on five shots.
The Hurricanes lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and coach Bill Peters said it was Carolina’s worst effort of 2015.
Nestrasil said the Hurricanes were good in all areas Monday.
"It was definitely a huge game for us. You don’t want to be on losing streak so I’m really glad we stopped it tonight," he said. "We played a really good game. We were really strong on the puck and making plays and good in the ‘D’ zone. We really deserved it tonight."
Jordan took a backdoor pass at 2:33 of the third period to make it 5-3 on the power play and Terry’s one-timer from the right point found the net over Hammond’s right shoulder to make it 6-3 at 9:49.
The first three times the Hurricanes took the lead in the second period, the Senators tied the game.
Skinner gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 8:06 with a 5-on-3 advantage, which was aided by Senators forward David Legwand being without his stick. Skinner jumped on a loose puck to Lehner’s left and had the open side for his 13th goal.
Hoffman scored to tie it 2-2 at 10:52 of the second, finishing off a nice three-way passing play with Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson.
Gerbe gave the Hurricanes their third lead of the game 3-2 at 13:26 when his shot from the left wing deflected by Lehner off Karlsson’s stick.
The Senators tied it 3-3, 32 seconds later when Zibanejad found Ceci going hard to the net and the puck bounced in off the Ottawa defenseman.
Nestrasil opened the scoring at 6:49 of the first period with a weak goal on Lehner.
Nestrasil twisted behind the Ottawa net and fought off the check of Mark Stone to bring the puck out to the goal line. He made a nice spin move and his shot along the goal line hit Lehner’s stick and deflected into the net for his fourth goal.
Peters shifted the 23-year-old from wing to center against Ottawa on a line with Gerbe and Terry.
"He was good. That line was real good. I thought [Gerbe] had good compete; [Nestrasil] hung onto the puck. We’ll keep moving him around, playing him with some different players and make sure we know what we have by the end of the year," Peters said.
The Senators tied the game 1-1 at 18:15 of the first period on a sequence started by Shane Prince, who was playing his first NHL game and earned his first NHL point. He carried the puck along the left wing in the Carolina zone and fed a pass to Karlsson in the slot.
The Senators, coming off a 7-2 win Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers, haven’t won two games in a row since Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
The Hurricanes play the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on Tuesday.
Ottawa will face the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.