Mar 31, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mike Hoffman (68) shoots the puck against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Ward And Craig Anderson Shine As The Carolina Hurricanes Fall To The Ottawa Senators In Shootout

The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Ottawa Senators in Ontario on Monday night. Cam Ward and Craig Anderson were tremendous throughout the game, but the Ottawa Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in shootout.

Scoring Summary

Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring at 1:41 of the first period. Patrick Wiercioch took a slap shot from the point, and he deflected it past Cam Ward. Wiercioch and Ales Hemsky got the assists.

The Carolina Hurricanes tied the game at one at 4:03 of period one. Jeff Skinner was behind the Ottawa net, and his pass out front intended for Elias Lindholm bounced off Erik Karlsson and in. The goal was unassisted. It was Jeff Skinner’s 30th goal of the season.

Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal in the shootout. He shot it off the lower left part of the post and past Cam Ward. It was a perfect shot.

 

My Three Stars

First Star: Craig Anderson – Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, .968 save percentage

Second Star: Cam Ward – Loss, 28 saves on 29 shots, .966 save percentage

Third Star: Jeff Skinner – 1 goal, 2 shots, 2 hits, 18:33 TOI

 

Game Analysis

The Carolina Hurricanes to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in the shootout on Monday night.

The goalies were fantastic in the game. Craig Anderson and Cam Ward both made incredible saves all night, and they were the reason that both teams got a point.

The Carolina Hurricanes really didn’t play well, especially early on, but they were able to stay in the game thanks to the stellar goaltending of Cam Ward.

Jeff Skinner played very well against the Ottawa Senators. He worked hard to get many scoring chances, and he was rewarded with a goal in the first period. Skinner scored his 30th goal of the season on Monday. It is the first time he has done that since he rookie season. He scored 31 that season. He is also on a 4-game goal streak.

Justin Faulk had another rough game against the Ottawa Senators. He made some mistakes, and he was on the ice for Ottawa’s early first period goal. He did save a goal late in the game when Cam Ward was well out of position, so that makes up for his poor play to some degree.

The Carolina Hurricanes power play was abysmal once again. The man advantage went 0-3 on the night. With both Andrei Loktionov and Jiri Tlusty suffering upper-body injuries in the game, the Carolina Hurricanes had to use more depth players on the power play, which resulted with some terrible man advantages.

The Carolina Hurricanes gain a point in the standings and are now 32-32-11 (75 points). They are 7 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Carolina Hurricanes will go to Pennsylvania to take on the Metropolitan Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

 

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