Ottawa 4, Carolina 3

Sunday, November 27, 2011 5:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 8-13-2-2 5-6-0-2 3-7-2-0 L3
Ottawa 11-10-1-1 6-4-0-1 5-6-1-0 W1


Jason Spezza ended an 11-game drought with a pair of goals, giving him 200 for his career as the Ottawa Senators held off the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Sunday night.

Spezza's first two goals of November helped the Senators halt a three-game home slide. Craig Anderson made 34 saves to remain unbeaten in regulation in six career appearances against Carolina (4-0-2).

Spezza used a spectacular individual effort to open the scoring just 55 seconds into the game. The Senators veteran blew past two Carolina skaters before sliding the puck past netminder Cam Ward's left pad.

After Patrick Dwyer evened things at 15:03, Spezza's milestone goal gave Ottawa the lead for good three minutes later. With Ottawa on a power play, Spezza took a pinpoint pass from Sergei Gonchar and beat a diving Ward from the right circle.

Rookie David Rundblad extended the edge with 14 seconds left in the second period, snapping a shot from the point that eluded a partially screened Ward.

Captain Eric Staal drew the Hurricanes to within one early in the third period, converting a rebound for just his second goal in the last 19 games. Ottawa's Zach Smith and Carolina's Alexei Ponikarovsky traded goals late in regulation, but the Hurricanes couldn't score the equalizer despite having a power play for the final 1:44.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Ottawa
Tuomo Ruutu 2 Points Jason Spezza 2
Patrick Dwyer 1 Goals Jason Spezza 2
Tuomo Ruutu 2 Assists Sergei Gonchar 2
Alexei Ponikarovsky 1 Power Play Goals Jason Spezza 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Ward .840 Save Percentage Craig Anderson .919
Cam Ward 21 Saves Craig Anderson 34

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 37 3 1-8 3-4 15 29
Ottawa 25 4 1-4 7-8 23 35

Upcoming Games

  • Ottawa will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Senators have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game at home against Florida. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .294 after a loss.
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