Carolina at Ottawa

Fisher scores first goal in 20 games as Senators stop five-game skid


OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators got much-needed offensive production from some struggling sources to end their most recent skid.

Dany Heatley, Dean McAmmond and Mike Fisher scored and Ottawa stopped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Heatley, who was replaced by Fisher on the Senators' first power-play unit, scored his first goal in nine games early in the first before McAmmond ended a 21-game drought midway through the opening period to put Ottawa up 2-0.

"We played a good game," said Jason Spezza, who set up Heatley's goal. "Two guys scored goals, I think it helps their confidence, and it's nice to get contributions from everyone tonight and I think that can go a long way for our club, so we're happy with the result."

Antoine Vermette added the Senators' third goal with 26 seconds remaining in the second and Fisher -- who played his 500th regular-season game -- scored on a power play midway through the third for his first goal in 20 games.

"Any time it's been a while, it definitely feels good," Fisher said. "I've just got to keep going."

Chris Phillips scored his fourth goal with 4:47 remaining.

Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his second successive start for the Senators, who lost 2-0 to the New York Rangers on Saturday in their first home game following a 1-6-1 trip.

"I don't know, I think the guys are confident in themselves," said Elliott, who was called up from Binghamton of the AHL on Friday. "It's a good team in there and it's kind of a mystery why we're at the bottom of the standings, but if we keep playing games like that I don't think we'll be there for long."

Joe Corvo scored on a power play in the second for Carolina, which has lost three straight.

Cam Ward, pulled after allowing three goals Saturday in a 5-1 loss in Boston, stopped 35 shots in his ninth consecutive start for the Hurricanes.

"He obviously does the best he can every night and things fall squarely on our shoulders, the guys who are playing in front of him right now," Corvo said.

Jarkko Ruutu returned to the Senators' lineup after serving a two-game suspension for biting Sabres forward Andrew Peters' gloved hand in a 4-2 loss in Buffalo one week earlier.

Heatley scored 3:45 in when he was left unguarded in the slot. The two-time 50-goal scorer drove in to beat Ward for his 17th goal of the season after taking Jason Spezza's centering pass when Carolina defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Dennis Seidenberg both converged on the Ottawa center as he drove the right side.

"Yeah, that wasn't a particularly well sorted out 2-on-2, was it?" Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "We've had a lot of new partners and they're still working with each other."

Heatley hadn't found the back of the net since Dec. 23, when he scored twice -- the only two goals in his previous 15 games -- in a 6-4 loss in Philadelphia.

McAmmond ended a 21-game goal drought to put Ottawa up by 2 at 11:09 as the Hurricanes' defense let down Ward once again.

Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin turned over the puck to McAmmond in the neutral zone and the Ottawa center drove in on a breakaway and beat Ward for his second goal of the season.

Corvo drew the Hurricanes within 2-1 when he drove a slap shot past Elliott from the left point at 8:27.

Vermette scored into an open right side at 19:34, mere seconds after Carolina's Anton Babchuk stepped out of the penalty box.

Ottawa's power play bore fruit 8:29 into the third as Fisher scored his first goal since Nov. 27.

Phillips added the Senators' fifth goal at 15:13.


  • Ward fell to 5-4-0 over his past nine starts.
  • Alex Auld backed up Elliott, who made his third career start. Former Hurricanes G Martin Gerber was a healthy scratch and did not dress for Ottawa for a second successive game.
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Senators goaltender Brian Elliott gets the job done despite a collision with Carolina's Patrick Eaves.  (AP)
Senators goaltender Brian Elliott gets the job done despite a collision with Carolina's Patrick Eaves. (AP)
Carolina (21-18-5)0101
Ottawa  (14-21-6) «2125
Three Stars
A. Vermette

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Phillips

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Elliott

Saves: 23
Save Pct.: .958

Related Video

Scoring Summary
03:45Dany Heatley (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Spezza
11:09Dean McAmmond (2), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
08:27Power Play - Joe Corvo (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Pitkanen, Williams
19:34Antoine Vermette (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Neil, Heatley
08:29Mike Fisher (4), Tip-In. Assist: Alfredsson, Kuba
15:13Chris Phillips (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Kelly, Vermette
Penalty Summary
11:23Schubert, 2 min, Interference
05:00Wallin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
07:39Vermette, 2 min, Tripping
12:40Pitkanen, 2 min, Holding
15:16Phillips, 2 min, Hooking
17:32Babchuk, 2 min, Hooking
02:33Winchester, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:23Walker, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Cam Ward60:00355
Brian Elliott59:41231
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 18512
Referees - David Banfield, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Derek Nansen
Other Games
Colo 3 Final
Colu 4
NJ 5 Final
Van 3
Pitt 4 Final
Phi 2
Pho 3 Final
Min 6
TB 1 Final
SJ 7
Edm 5 Final
Wash 2
Mon 1 Final
Bos 3
StL 1 Final
Cal 3
NYR 2 Final
Nash 2 Final
Tor 0