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Hurricanes vs Senators Recap: Despite Quick Start, Canes Fall 2-1 in OT

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An early goal wasn’t enough to hold off the Senators.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes recorded a point in the standings but lost 2-1 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Craig Anderson stopped 32 of 33 shots in the win. The Hurricanes fall to 2-4-3 on the season and drop the first of three games against the Senators this season.

The Hurricanes had a strong start to the game, quickly outshooting Ottawa and applying a lot of pressure within the offensive zone in the first period, at one point having a 16-5 advantage in shots. A lot of jabs were thrown within the first period with Phil Di Giuseppe dropping the gloves against Matt Puempel and Dion Phaneuf and Jordan Staal also exchanging blows.

Jaccob Slavin continued his strong start to the season, tallying his first goal of the season in the first period with a nifty move around the Ottawa defense to beat goalie Craig Anderson to put the Hurricanes up 1-0. Dion Phaneuf would spoil the party with a shot from the point to beat Cam Ward glove side to even the score in the first period.

The Hurricanes began to deflate as the game went on, giving up shots and relying heavily on Cam Ward to bail them out. Goal prevention, which had been an issue in the Hurricanes 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, was not an issue in this game as the Hurricanes put together a better defensive effort. Failure to capitalize on the power play inevitably hurt the Canes.

Elias Lindholm had a great chance on a breakaway to give the Hurricanes the overtime win but had his stick lifted by the Ottawa defense and the puck would be knocked away. Kyle Turris would record the game-winner in overtime by streaking in from the left circle and firing a quick wrist shot to beat Cam Ward high. Ward stopped 29 of 31 shots and falls to 1-3-1 on the season.

The Hurricanes next game will be on the road against P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators at 8 P.M. on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, their first of two meetings this season. This will be their second of two games before they return home to PNC Arena to face the New Jersey Devils on November 6th.

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