OTTAWA - Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and two assists Monday as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3.
Nathan Gerbe, Jeff Skinner, Jay McClement, Michal Jordan and Chris Terry also scored for the Hurricanes (20-28-7).
Erik Condra, Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci had goals for the Senators (22-23-10).
After taking four one-goal leads over the first two periods, the Hurricanes finally got a two-goal cushion when Jordan scored his first NHL goal at 2:33 of the third period. Terry made it 6-3 at 9:49 with the Hurricanes' third power-play goal of the game.
The final 54 seconds of the second period was played just prior to the start of the third following a violent collision that ended with a go-ahead goal for the Hurricanes and two Senators down and out.
Clarke MacArthur took the worst of the collision between he, Robin Lehner and McClement, who picked up the goal. MacArthur was racing back to try and break up a three-on-one rush but ended up plowing face first into Lehner as all three players ended up in the net.
The stretcher was brought out but MacArthur eventually got to his feet and was helped to the dressing room by teammates. He did not return to the game, nor did Lehner, who was replaced in net by Andrew Hammond. Hammond made 11 saves in 35 minutes of action in his only previous NHL appearance.
McClement's goal ended a furious period that saw the Hurricanes take leads of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 on goals from Skinner at 8:06, Gerbe at 13:26 and McClement.
Hoffman scored at 10:25 to tie the game for the Senators and Ceci scored 32 seconds after the Grebe marker to tie the game once again, this time 3-3.
The Hurricanes also held a 1-0 lead in the first period as Nestrasil scored at 6:49 but Condra scored late in the period to tie the game.
Shane Prince collected an assist on the goal for his first NHL point in his first NHL game. It was also a bit of a homecoming for Prince as he played three seasons of junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's, where he collected 191 points in 142 games.
Notes: Defenceman mark Borowiecki was the lone scratch for the Senators Monday while defenceman John-Michael Liles along with forwards Alexander Semin and Victor Rask were scratches for the Hurricanes. ??? Defenceman Marc Methot signed a four-year extension with the Senators Monday.