Ottawa at Carolina

Back-on-track Senators administer Hurricanes a tennis-style shutout

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ray Emery got the victory, but Martin Gerber did most of the work for the Ottawa Senators.

Gerber relieved the injured Emery and stopped 31 shots in the Senators' 6-0 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

"I don't think there were a lot of golden scoring opportunities by any means, but he obviously came in and knew it was a possibility that he might come in cold in a situation against a team where you know they put a lot of pressure on us," Senators coach John Paddock said. "They play a high-tempo game that you have to be really ready. It didn't happen too often, but I'm sure he was ready for that to happen."

He had plenty of support: Dany Heatley had two goals and an assist, Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists, Dean McAmmond added a goal and an assist, and Mike Fisher and Shean Donovan also scored.

"Top to bottom -- (Gerber) was solid all night, didn't give up anything," Heatley said. "Our (penalty kill) was there when it needed to be, and obviously our offense was there."

The Eastern Conference-leading Senators had a 2-0 edge before the game was 5½ minutes old, scored three first-period goals and added three more in the third for their third straight victory.

"We could have scored two or three more goals in the second period," Paddock said.

Emery stopped the only shot he faced before leaving due to soreness in his right hip, and was replaced early in the first by Gerber.

The former Hurricanes goalie stopped his former team and helped the Senators avenge a 5-3 loss to Carolina in October that was the only blemish on their 13-1 start.

"We came out really hard, and it was a different game than the last one," Gerber said. "The last one, they had a step on us. And today, we had a step on them."

Paddock said he expected Emery to be available to be Gerber's backup Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Cam Ward, who supplanted Gerber as the starter two seasons ago during Carolina's Stanley Cup run, allowed goals on two of the first four shots he faced and finished with 20 saves for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Carolina outshot the Senators 32-26, yet couldn't get the NHL's fifth-best power-play unit going. The Hurricanes generated just four chances and came up empty on them to fall to 5-9 in the last 14 games. They were shut out for the third time this season.

"We got outworked. We got embarrassed in our own building," defenseman Glen Wesley said. "It's unacceptable. The bottom line is that there is nothing to talk about. It's embarrassing. It's disappointing."

The Hurricanes couldn't beat the Senators, so they beat one of them up. Right wing Scott Walker was called for a match penalty for head-butting and throwing a late punch during a second-period fight with Fisher.

"I actually thought (Walker) was playing the body out there, one of the few guys that went out and tried to lay some hits in the first period," coach Peter Laviolette said.

Heatley put the Senators ahead 1-0 at 1:46 with his 15th goal and 12th of his career against the Hurricanes.

It didn't take long for Fisher to make it a two-goal game. He streaked down the left boards, eluded Bret Hedican and slipped the puck past Ward for his third goal in three games and 100th of his career at 5:24, prompting Laviolette to burn his timeout and chew out his team.

"We had breakdowns on each one," Laviolette said. "The second one, Cam probably would like to have back. ... You leave their top players alone in the slot, a guy like Heatley, it's in the net."

Spezza scored on a wrister from the slot to push the lead to 3-0 in the final minute of the period.

Notes

  • Ottawa improved to 17-1-1 when scoring first.
  • Senators RW Daniel Alfredsson extended his point streak to six with an assist on Fisher's goal. He has a point in 14 of 17 games against Carolina.
  • Carolina honored Cincinnati Reds outfielder and Raleigh native Josh Hamilton during a first-period break.
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Mike Fisher, who scores his 100th career goal in the game, also inflicts some pain onto Scott Walker. (AP)
Mike Fisher, who scores his 100th career goal in the game, also inflicts some pain onto Scott Walker. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Ottawa  (19-7-3) «3036
Carolina (16-13-3)0000
Three Stars
D. Heatley
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Gerber
OTT


Saves: 31
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:46Dany Heatley (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Joe Corvo
05:24Mike Fisher (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Daniel Alfredsson, Luke Richardson
19:08Jason Spezza (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Randy Robitaille, Dany Heatley
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
08:37Shean Donovan (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dean McAmmond
11:52Dany Heatley (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Martin Gerber
16:17Dean McAmmond (1), Tip-In. Assist: Christoph Schubert, Brian McGrattan
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:40Neil, 2 min, Interference
16:14Neil, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
51.0Fisher, 5 min, Fighting
51.0Walker, 10 min, Match Penalty
51.0Walker, 5 min, Fighting
51.0Walker, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
51.0Fisher, 2 min, Roughing
13:53LaRose, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:12Brind'Amour, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
01:56Schubert, 2 min, Holding
08:55Vermette, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa812626
Carolina781732
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ray Emery 5:2410
Martin Gerber54:27310
Cam Ward59:59206
Game Information
Attendance - 15268
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Rob Martell
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Pierre Racicot
 
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