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Nestrasil with three point night to lead Carolina

Andrej Nestrasil in action against the Senators
Andrej Nestrasil in action against the Senators
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The Carolina Hurricanes rebounded after a bad Saturday night in Minnesota with a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Coach Bill Peters complained about too many passengers in the game against the Wild and his team responded as 13 different players had points in this game.  Andrej Nestrasil led the way with a goal and two assists, giving him three goals in the last four games.

It was a pretty wild game to start as the Canes came out with jump early only to be matched by the Sens later in the period.

Nestrasil would get the game started with a backhanded tally which surprised goalie Robin Lehner, who acted like he never saw the puck.  The home team then tied the score before the end of the first period.

With the score tied 1-1, Jeff Skinner kept his scoring streak in tact with a powerplay goal eight minutes into the second period.  The score gave Skinner three goals in the last three games.  This was the first of three powerplay goals for Carolina, the first time they notched three in one contest this season.

A couple of minutes later, Ottawa tied the score again as they made several nice passes in the Carolina zone.

Shortly after that goal, Nathan Gerbe rifled in a shot to make it 3-2, but just 32 seconds later the Sens tied it again as the puck went in the Carolina net off of Cody Ceci's skate.

With less than a minute left in the period, Jay McClement would score a beauty of a goal to give the Canes the lead for good.  Unfortunately for Ottawa, Clarke MacArthur collided with his goalie on the play and after a long delay, both were helped from the ice and did not return.

Andrew Hammond replaced Lehner and allowed two more goals in the third period.

Michal Jordan scored his first career NHL goal when he sneaked in behind the defense during a powerplay chance.  Elias Lindholm found him with a perfect pass.

Chris Terry closed out the scoring with another powerplay goal, a nice looking one-timer from the slot area off of a Ron Hainsey pass.

The coach healthy scratched Alexander Semin and Victor Rask, although he did mention that Rask's benching would be for one night only, he just wanted to give the rookie a break.  Peters did not mention how long Semin would sit.

The Canes will return home for a match against the New York Islanders scheduled for Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

  • The only players who did not register a point were Tim Gleason, Eric and Jordan Staal, Brett Bellemore, Jiri Tlusty, and Ward.  The first line for Carolina all finished the game in minus territory.
  • Ward made a few outstanding saves, especially in the opening period when the Carolina defense was a bit loose again at times.  He finished the night making 29 saves on 32 shots.
  • The Canes blocked 17 shots, led by Jordan and Gleason with three each.
  • Faulk had a team high 25:40 of ice time.
  • The Hurricanes went 3-5 with the man advantage and did not allow a powerplay goal.
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