The dreaded overtime curse has ended for the Carolina Hurricanes! The Canes had previously gone 0-6 after 60 minutes, but Jay Harrison’s slap shot was tipped in by Tuomu Ruutu for the winning goal. Jussi Jokinen was also credited with an assist a 1:36 into the extra inning. Carolina defeated Ottawa 2-1.
Ottawa gave Canes a 5-on-3 advantage a little after eight minutes in the first period. Muller cashed in his timeout to prepare for the extra man advantage, but Canes were unable to convert. Ottawa’s goalie, Craig Anderson, made 19 stops in the first twenty minutes. Both the Sens and Canes managed a goal before the initial intermission. However, Senators had a much better conversion rate with only six shots on goal opposed to the Canes twenty attempts. The game was tied 1-1 going into the second period.
Ottawa gave Carolina another chance at a power play early into the second. Anderson kept the high energy Canes from finding the back of the net. Fans cheered despite not being able to produce, as the effort was noticeable. There was a glimmer of hope with a Staal breakaway, but the Sens’ netminder swallowed his shot. Caniacs were a bit surprised at the lack of penalty called on the slash as the captain approached the crease. The score remained 1-1 after forty. Shots on goal were more even in the second with ten by Canes and 8 from the Senators.
Carolina killed an Ottawa power play after a tripping charge to Spacek. Shots on goal were tied seven each as the teams headed into overtime. Cam Ward stopped 22 shots and Anderson was annoyingly good, stopping 36 attempts on goal.
Happy Holidays Caniacs! You will find two Canes points in your stocking tonight! Woo!