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Game Recap

Hurricanes 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tom Kostopoulos and Rod Brind'Amour scored about a minute apart in the first period, Manny Legace made 25 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Ottawa 4-1 on Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.

Chad LaRose and Brandon Sutter also scored to help the Hurricanes win for the 11th time in their last 13 games.

Legace, a midseason acquisition after an injury to starter Cam Ward, has at least one victory against all 30 NHL teams. He stopped Daniel Alfredsson on a breakaway midway through the third period, then denied Jason Spezza in front of the net.

Former Hurricane Matt Cullen, traded to Ottawa on Feb. 12, scored a goal in his return to the RBC Center, breaking up the shutout on a wraparound with 8:05 left.

Kostopoulos and Brind'Amour, part of Carolina's fourth line, scored 65 seconds apart on backup goalie Pascal Leclaire, who was pulled after the second goal and replaced by  Brian Elliott.

Zach Boychuk had two assists for Carolina, which used a new lineup a day after a flurry of activity at the NHL trading deadline. The Hurricanes traded five players and a minor-leaguer, mainly for future draft picks.

LaRose, who has missed 26 games this season because of injuries, gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead, and Sutter added an empty-net goal in the third period.

The Senators, who won 14 of 16 games before the Olympic break to take the lead in the Northeast Division, have lost two in a row and been outscored 8-2.

NOTES: Alfredsson assisted on Cullen's goal, giving him 600 assists for his career ... Leclaire faced just five shots in the first period before he was benched ... The Senators have lost five in a row in Raleigh dating to 2007 ... During the Hurricanes' seven-game winning streak, they have outscored the opposition 29-12 ... The Senators return home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
Tom Kostopoulos (8) ASST: Zach Boychuk (4)
1 - 0 CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (6) ASST: Zach Boychuk (5), Brett Carson (6)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
Chad LaRose (5) ASST: Eric Staal (32), Tuomo Ruutu (17)
3 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
Matt Cullen (13) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (34), Mike Fisher (25)
3 - 1 CAR
EN - Brandon Sutter (16) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
Tuomo Ruutu  Tripping against  Chris Phillips
2nd Period
Tom Kostopoulos  Hooking against  Matt Carkner
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Zach Boychuk
3rd Period
Chris Neil  Interference against  Alexandre Picard
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
SA: 15TOI: 53:28
Saves: 14EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 5TOI: 6:23
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .962SH: 2 - 2