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Emery, Spezza lift red-hot Senators over Hurricanes

Mar 1, 2007 - 6:21 AM
OTTAWA (Ticker) -- After a night off Tuesday, Ray Emery got a chance to make an impact against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Emery registered 27 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ottawa won for the eighth time in nine games and raised its record to a league-best 21-4-3 since December 23. The Senators are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, five points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We're all playing with confidence," Emery said. "At the start of the year, that's not the style of hockey we were playing and that's part of the reason for our slow start. We've got so much talent on this team that it's hard not to put two good games together."

"It's huge," Senators left wing Dany Heatley said. "They're desperate and we had to be ready tonight. We came out with a lot of jump where I felt we could have had two or three goals. We kind of let them back into it in the second period, but we had a good third and Emery made some big saves."

Emery stopped five shots in the first period, eight in the second and 14 in the third for his eighth career shutout and second victory since returning from a three-game suspension from February 14-20.

"Back-to-back games are tough, especially when the other team is in a tough spot fighting for the playoffs," Emery said. "It was an all-around good game. We made a conscious effort to limit their scoring chances and cut down their goals. We did a good job of it especially against a good team like Carolina."

Spezza and Heatley scored goals for Ottawa in Tuesday's 4-2 triumph over Carolina and came through again to help the Senators complete a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Ottawa needed only 3:54 to open the scoring when Spezza sent a shot off the side of the net directly to Heatley, who slid the puck past goaltender Cam Ward's right skate for his 38th goal.

"I got him going from one side of the net to the other," Heatley said. "My first chance just slipped off the end of my stick. On the second chance, I kind of surprised him. I don't think he expected me to be there."

"It was big for them," Ward said. "They had us outjumped and they outplayed us as well. We were fortunate to come out of the first period down 1-0. We did our best, but we couldn't buy one."

Spezza doubled the margin in the third period, just seconds after serving a hooking infraction. As he left the penalty box, he skated in on a breakaway and beat Ward to the glove side for his 27th tally.

"It's a nice feeling when you come out of the box and you get a nice clear-cut breakaway," Spezza said. "I had a lot of time to think about what I was going to do. I just kind of went with what was open. (Andrej) Meszaros had the puck and kind of bobbled it, but when it got to Redden, I gave him a holler."

Ward made 24 saves for the Hurricanes, who remain in third place in the Southeast Division race, five points in back of the Tampa Bay Lightning and three behind the Atlanta Thrashers.

"We need to play with urgency and I certainly didn't see that in the first period," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "I'm obviously upset with the 5-on-3 and losing every faceoff. I thought our power play got better as the game went on, but they did a good job blocking shots in front of the net and they did a good job tying up sticks."

"We just have to work harder and get the shots through them," Hurricanes right wing Scott Walker said. "We've just got to get it going. ... Obviously, we've got what it takes. We just have to pick it up."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0 0 0
    OTTAWA 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 38 (JASON SPEZZA, CHRIS PHILLIPS) 3:54
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: OTT - JASON SPEZZA 27 (WADE REDDEN, ANDREJ MESZAROS) 4:41
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: CAR - 0 OF 8, OTT - 0 OF 5.
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Feb 28 10:10 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 0
    OTTAWA 2
    3RD PRD: OTT - JASON SPEZZA 27 (WADE REDDEN, ANDREJ MESZAROS) 4:41

    Hurricanes vs. SenatorsFeb 28 9:37 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0 0
    OTTAWA 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 38 (JASON SPEZZA, CHRIS PHILLIPS) 3:54
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR 5 8 13
    OTT 12 8 20
    GOALIES: CAR - C

    Feb 28 9:12 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0
    OTTAWA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 38 (JASON SPEZZA, CHRIS PHILLIPS) 3:54
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR 5 5
    OTT 12 12
    GOALIES: CAR - CAM WARD
    OTT -

    Feb 28 8:17 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 0
    OTTAWA 1
    1ST PRD: OTT - DANY HEATLEY 38 (JASON SPEZZA, CHRIS PHILLIPS) 3:54

    Hurricanes vs. SenatorsFeb 28 7:47 PM