Harrison scores in OT as Hurricanes top Sens
OTTAWA - Jay Harrison scored at 2:19 of overtime and Cam Ward made 45 saves Thursday as the Carolina Hurricanes fought back to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2.
Harrison's winner came off a scramble in front as he banged a loose puck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
Chad LaRose and Alexander Semin scored in regulation for the Hurricanes (5-4-0), who have won five of their last seven.
Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson replied for the Senators (6-4-1), while Anderson stopped 23 shots in taking the loss.
Ottawa led 2-1 in the third period but Semin tied it with a one-timer that beat Anderson stickside on the power play at 12:26.
Both teams had a number of great chances in the first period, but it was the Senators who took the early lead on Karlsson's team-leading fifth goal of the season on a great passing play from rookie Jakob Silfverberg.
Ottawa outshot Carolina 17-3 in the second period, but Ward kept his team in it with a number of big saves, including one in close on Silfverberg.
The Hurricanes tied it 1-1 on their third shot of the period as Drayson Bowman made a cross-ice pass to LaRose, who snapped a shot from the faceoff circle to beat Anderson glove side.
The Senators finally solved Ward in the period as Alfredsson gave Ottawa its second lead of the night at 16:04, roofing a shot from a near-impossible angle that fooled the Carolina goalie.
Mike Lundin made his debut for the Senators after missing the first ten games with a broken finger, while fellow defenceman Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with the flu.
Notes: Eric Staal extended his point streak (seven goals, four assists) to seven games with an assist on Semin's goal. ... LW Kaspars Daugavins, D Patrick Wiercioch and D Mark Borowiecki were healthy scratches for the Senators. Ottawa was also without C Jason Spezza (upper body injury, indefinite), D Jared Cowen (hip, out for the season) and RW Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash, day-to-day). ... The Hurricanes were without C Tuomo Ruutu (hip surgery, three-to-four months). RW Andreas Nool and D Joe Corvo were healthy scratches.