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Kovalev reaches 400-goal plateau with hat trick in Senators' win

CBSSports.com wire reports

OTTAWA -- Alexei Kovalev broke out of a long goal drought with a milestone night for the Ottawa Senators.

Kovalev scored three times, including the 400th of his career, to help the Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Saturday night.

With the score tied 2-2 late in the third, Kovalev took a shot on an Ottawa power play that deflected off the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison and past Manny Legace for No. 400. Kovalev added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

"It's always great to pass that point," said Kovalev, the 82nd player in NHL history to reach 400 goals. "I know it's been 14 or 15 [games since he's scored] or something like that, so I could have done that early but now I can forget about it."

Actually, it was 16 games between goals for the first-year Senator.

Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves. Ray Whitney scored twice for the Hurricanes, and Legace stopped 33 shots.

Whitney sandwiched his ninth and 10th goals around Spezza's fourth of the campaign in the second period, as the teams headed to the third tied 2-2.

Whitney's first goal came on the power play. His point shot eluded Elliott along the ice and tied it at 1.

Spezza responded with the Senators' first power-play goal in 17 opportunities. He banked a shot off Legace from behind the net with the netminder out of position midway through the period to give the Senators their second one-goal lead.

Whitney was in the right place at the right time for his second of the game as the puck bounced to him in the slot. Elliot stopped Eric Staal's sharp-angle shot, but Whitney beat him on the rebound.

"We need to win some games, so to be that close to it is frustrating," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "We've been playing good for about three weeks to a month now and we've had a lot of these nights. A little understaffed, a little undermanned and we're running some kids a little hard. They're playing, but you've got to get that puck across the line."

Kovalev had the only goal of the first period, redirecting Nick Foligno's pass behind Legace.


  • Kovalev has 958 points in 1,179 career games.
  • The Senators lead the NHL with four short-handed goals at home.
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Alexei Kovalev (middle) has a memorable night with three goals, including the 400th of his career.  (AP)
Alexei Kovalev (middle) has a memorable night with three goals, including the 400th of his career. (AP)
Carolina (7-19-6)0202
Ottawa  (16-11-4) «1124
Three Stars
A. Kovalev

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
R. Whitney

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
N. Foligno

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
07:48Alexei Kovalev (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Foligno, Fisher
21.0Power Play - Ray Whitney (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Pitkanen, Ruutu
10:06Power Play - Jason Spezza (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Phillips, Alfredsson
17:05Ray Whitney (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal, Harrison
16:56Power Play - Alexei Kovalev (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Kuba
19:31Alexei Kovalev (7), Empty Net. Assist: Foligno
Penalty Summary
17:46Fisher, 4 min, High-Sticking
08:25Kostopoulos, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:46Ward, 2 min, Interference
06:58Alfredsson, 2 min, Tripping
16:17Pitkanen, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Manny Legace59:47353
Brian Elliott59:57232
Game Information
Attendance - 16229
Referees - Paul Devorski, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Brian Murphy
Other Games
Wash 3 Final
Tor 6
Det 3 Final
Nash 2
Phi 1 Final
NJ 4
SJ 1 Final
Pho 2
Dal 2 Final
LA 3
Mon 3 Final
Atl 4
Buf 3 Final
Bos 2 Final
Fla 2 Final
Pitt 3
Ana 3 Final
Colu 1
Min 3 Final
Van 4