It was another disappointing 2-1 loss in Canada tonight, this time at the hands of Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators.
The Hurricanes held a lead after the first period, thanks to the third goal of Sebastian Aho’s NHL career. The goal was originally believed to belong to Jordan Staal, but replays revealed that the puck deflected off the shin of a Senator rather than off of the Hurricanes’ center. Assists on the goal went to Jeff Skinner and Jaccob Slavin.
But in the second period, after a strong first few minutes of the frame for Carolina, it was Ottawa who found the back of the net. Former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf sneaked into the slot and unleashed a well-placed shot that was able to beat Cam Ward. The ‘Canes later had to kill off a penalty when Skinner was called for interference at the 12:15 mark. The kill extended Carolina’s streak to 25 consecutive kills and continued their run of not surrendering a power play goal for all of November.
That set up a third period in which the teams were tied heading in, which followed a similar script to Thursday night’s game in Montreal. Unlike that game, the ‘Canes did not concede a go-ahead goal in the period’s first 14 seconds.
Ward made some strong saves to keep the game tied later into the third, but he couldn’t hold the fort long enough to get the team to overtime, as Kyle Turris broke through Slavin and Pesce and made no mistake when in alone on Ward. Bill Peters, as he is wont to do, challenged the goal for offside, but the ruling was upheld.
The ‘Canes fought for an equalizer with the net empty, with a bid by Teuvo Teravainen standing out as particularly threatening, but they weren’t able to pierce Anderson, and the Senators found a way to hang on for their second win at home over the Hurricanes this year.
The ‘Canes will have to regroup quickly, because they’re right back at it tomorrow in Raleigh against the Florida Panthers. Puck drop for that one is set for 6 P.M. at PNC Arena.
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