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game recap

Hurricanes 2, Senators 1, OT

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 10:02 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
Tuomo Ruutu
1st
Tuomo Ruutu
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:12
Andreas Nodl
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 7:27
Cam Ward
3rd
Cam Ward
SA: 23TOI: 61:36
GA: 1EV: 20-21
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .957SH: 0-0

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tuomo Ruutu tipped in Jay Harrison's slap shot in overtime, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes past the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday night.

Cam Ward made 22 saves for Carolina, which won its first overtime game of the season. The Hurricanes outshot the Senators 38-23, including 29-14 through the first two periods.

Carolina dominated the early play but couldn't get much past Craig Anderson, who stopped 36 shots for Ottawa. The Hurricanes had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:52 just past the midway point of the first period, but Anderson saved all their chances.

Andreas Nodl scored for Carolina less than three minutes in off the skate of an Ottawa defenceman. Nodl's goal was his second of the season — both coming in the last two games.

Filip Kuba countered for the Senators with 2:45 left in the first, sending a bouncing shot through the Ward's legs.

The teams remained scoreless until overtime, when Ruutu got his stick on Harrison's blast 1:36 into the extra period.

Carolina had not won an overtime game or one that went to a shootout this season, a total of six games. The last time Carolina won a game that was tied after regulation was a shootout win at the Washington Capitals on March 29.

Before Ruutu's goal, the last time Carolina scored a 4-on-4 overtime goal to win was March 18 against the New York Islanders.

Ottawa fell to 5-5 this season in overtime games.

NOTES: Tim Brent, Joni Pitkanen and Derek Joslin were scratches for Carolina. Ottawa's scratches were leading goal scorer Milan Michalek and defenceman Brian Lee ... Ottawa played its second of back-to-back games after beating Florida 4-3 in overtime at home Thursday night ... The Senators won the previous two meetings this season, 3-2 in Raleigh in October and 4-3 in Ottawa in November ... Carolina's Riley Nash, playing his second NHL game, recorded his first point with an assist on Nodl's goal. Nash was originally credited with the goal before replays showed otherwise ... Nash and Senators forward Colin Greening were former college linemates at Cornell.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:33
CAR
Andreas Nodl (2) Snap shot - ASST: Riley Nash (1), Jamie McBain (11)
1 - 0 CAR
17:15
OTT
Filip Kuba (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (11), Kyle Turris (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
01:36
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (12) Tip-in - ASST: Jay Harrison (9), Jussi Jokinen (17)
2 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
08:11
OTT
Zack Smith  Hooking against  Eric Staal
08:20
OTT
Erik Condra  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
2nd Period
03:58
OTT
Jared Cowen  Interference against  Drayson Bowman
3rd Period
09:21
CAR
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 38TOI: 61:36
Saves: 36EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
11-14-5
SA: 23TOI: 61:36
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0