Tonight Dan Ellis provided the Carolina Hurricanes with a much needed home victory as he shutout the Ottawa Senators through the sixty minutes of play. Ellis, performing in his second start in three games, turned away all 33 shots he faced.
The Hurricanes were able to open up the scoring in the first period at the 15:45 marker as Eric Staal re-directed a shot from Alexandre Semin. The Canes dominated the shots the entire period and killed off a penalty to Drayson Bowman early on that helped instill some confidence in the team. After twenty minutes the Hurricanes held a 15-11 edge in shots and had a 1-0 lead.
The second period proved to be a consistent line of opportunities. They found themselves on the power play early on as Methot went to the box for hooking Eric Staal. Jeff Skinner provided the Canes with the best opportunity of the period when ohe rand the puck off of the crossbar having it bounce straight down. After trading man advantages through the entire twenty minute period, the two teams were deadlocked at 24 shots on net heading into the final frame, the Canes still up 1-0.
Through the final twenty minutes the Senators appeared to be easily rattled as they tried to fight their way onto the score board, with Ellis making spectacular saves to preserve the one-goal lead. His best play came midway through the final frame when he was able to stop a sharp-angle shot and then make a quick save on the rebound attempt. The Senators called Anderson to the bench for the extra attacker, but to no avail as Dan Ellis stood tall between the pipes preserving the win for Carolina.
In making the 33 saves Ellis earned himself his 13th career shutout, his first since 2010 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Craig Anderson saved 34 shots on the evening earning the loss for the Senators who fell to 5-2-1 on the season.
The Hurricanes next game is tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers with a start time of 7PM. The Canes looking to instill a win streak to start the month of February.