The Carolina Hurricanes fell behind early but fought back to tie, then played to a draw before losing in a 2-1 shootout to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre, on Monday night.
Jeff Skinner scored his 30th goal of the season, a team high, while Cam Ward was solid in net with 28 saves.
The Canes failed to score in the skills competition as Riley Nash, Elias Lindholm, and Skinner were all stopped by Craig Anderson. Ward stopped Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris, but Ales Hemsky scored the game winner for the home team.
The Sens had a lot of jump to start the game and looked no worse for wear for a team which had played the night before.
Just a minute and change into the game, Hemsky faked out Justin Faulk and skated in the Carolina zone alone, but Ward stopped the shot. The puck came out to the point and Patrick Wiercioch put a shot on goal which hit off Zibanejad's skate and into the net to make it, 1-0.
The Canes tied things up when Skinner put a shot in from behind the net off of Anderson's skate. The goal was unassisted, but Lindholm helped set that one up.
The Senators would get the better of the chances the rest of the game, but the Hurricanes did pretty much match them shot-for-shot as the game went on.
The Canes ended up with 31 shots for the game while the Sens had 29.
Ottawa was playing without Bobby Ryan and star center Jason Spezza, but the Canes lost Jiri Tlusty after he was boarded late in the second period. Andrei Loktionov also left the game after taking a puck to the jaw.
There was no post game status report for either player.
The Canes will be the tired team next game as they travel and will face the Penguins on Tuesday night.
- Cam Ward is now 11-25 lifetime in shootouts.
- Justin Faulk led the way with five shots on goal. Eric Staal had a team high 25:37 of ice time.
- The Canes had 18 blocked shots led by Ron Hainsey with four.
- Carolina was credited with 39 hits in this game, Jordan Staal had six.
- Post game interviews at Canes PR.com.