Ottawa at Carolina

Hurricanes 4, Senators 3

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RALEIGH, N.C -- The Hurricanes weren't particularly sharp against the Ottawa Senators.

But, at this time of the season, getting a win is all that matters.

Carolina spotted the last-place Senators a 2-0 lead, but rallied behind Chad LaRose's two goals and 36 saves from Cam Ward for a 4-3 win.

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2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
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9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
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The Hurricanes stayed three points behind eighth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference standings. They have nine games left, including six in a 10-day stretch starting Friday at Tampa Bay.

"It was a good win, but I think we're lacking something," Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu said. "We can still get better. I feel like we play 10 minutes pretty good and then for a couple of minutes, they are all over us."

That's exactly what happened against Ottawa, which took the lead in the first period. Carolina then scored twice in 25 seconds late in the first, and LaRose gave Carolina the lead for good with a score at 18:17 of the second.

Cory Stillman added a third-period goal off a nifty give-and-go with Eric Staal, and the Hurricanes won their seventh in a row against Ottawa at the RBC Center.

Ottawa outshot Carolina 39-24, but couldn't rattle Ward.

"Cam was holding us in the game, and once we got one [goal], we settled down," said LaRose, who had his first two-goal game since Nov. 17, also a home win over the Senators.

Though several players wondered after the win how Buffalo was faring -- the Sabres won 2-0 at Montreal -- other Hurricanes said they can't do much scoreboard-watching.

"We have to worry about ourselves, winning games, getting two points," LaRose said.

The Hurricanes scored four times on their first 19 shots against Curtis McElhinney despite continued struggles on the power play. Carolina was scoreless on three man-advantages Tuesday, dropping to four for its last 77 on the power play.

Erik Karlsson, Colin Greening and Marek Svatos scored for Ottawa. Greening gave the Senators the lead after Ward denied Jason Spezza on a breakaway. Svatos corralled his own shot off Ward and scored with 6:20 left in the first.

Ruutu and LaRose then scored 25 seconds apart to tie it. Ruutu redirected Jussi Jokinen's dribbler at 14:07. LaRose then took a pass from Joni Pitkanen and fired the puck past McElhinney, who made 20 saves.

"I think Mac probably wanted that one back, and to give up another one like that was tough," Ottawa's Ryan Shannon said. "That was a big momentum swing, that second goal."

Notes

Carolina captain Eric Staal left in the third period, but Maurice said his exit was "precautionary." Maurice expects Staal to play against the Lightning. ... Carolina improved to 23-1 when leading after two periods, while Ottawa fell to 1-23-4 when trailing after two. ... Pitkanen, who had a first-period assist, has 25 points in his last 28 games (11 goals, 14 assists). ... Carolina's penalty kill has been solid of late, killing off 44 of the last 49 penalties. ... The two-goal first period marked the first time the Senators had scored more than one goal at the RBC Center since their last win in Raleigh, 6-0 on Dec. 12, 2007.

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Scoreboard
Ottawa (27-37-9)2013
Carolina  (34-29-10) «2114
Three Stars
C. LaRose
CAR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Ward
CAR


Saves: 36
Save Pct.: .923
E. Cole
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:56 - Colin Greening (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Spezza, Butler
13:40 - Marek Svatos (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Condra, Hale
14:07 - Tuomo Ruutu (18), Tip-In. Assist: Jokinen, Skinner
14:32 - Chad LaRose (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pitkanen
2ND PERIOD
18:17 - Chad LaRose (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Sutter, Gleason
3RD PERIOD
06:04 - Cory Stillman (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal, Cole
14:16 - Erik Karlsson (13), Tip-In. Assist: Spezza, Foligno
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:02Karlsson, 2 min, Interference
03:58Stillman, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
18:32Corvo, 2 min, Hooking
18:51Kuba, 2 min, Interference
19:54Pitkanen, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
05:33Smith, 2 min, Tripping
08:33Neil, 2 min, Roughing
13:36Allen, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
OTT11181039
CAR711624
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Curtis McElhinney59:21204
Cam Ward60:00363
Game Information
Attendance - 16189
Referees - Ghislain Hebert, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Scott Cherrey
 
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