RALEIGH, NC – Anton Forsberg set a career-high 47 NHL saves to help the Ottawa Senators end a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday.
Alex Formenton marked twice, Josh norris broke a tie in the third period, and Tyler Ennis notched two assists for the Senators (5-15-1). Ottawa lost 6-2 at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
“We got there at 3 am last night, and I told them this morning it would be one of the bravest to come out of the schneid,” said Ottawa coach DJ Smith. “[The Hurricanes] shoot every puck at the net, no matter where it comes from. They are tight against you, there is not much room. It’s a perfect place to get that victory we needed. “
Video: OTT @ CAR: Teravainen scores his 100th power play goal
Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Hurricanes (15-6-1), who are 1-4-1 in their last six games. Antti Raanta made 17 saves, and Sebastien aho got two assists.
“The guys played hard,” said Caroline coach Rod Brind’Amour. “I don’t have much to say. It was a bit like that [during] the last two weeks. We play the best hockey we can. Tonight we did everything right, but we didn’t win. “
The Hurricanes rallied to equalize after trailing two in the third period before Norris gave the Senators the lead 3-2 at 2:06 pm. Raanta stopped a Norris backhand but the puck fell into the net on the Carolina defenseman’s right skate Ian cole.
“It would be easy to say, ‘Here we go again’, but I took the Norris line out and they got back into play,” Smith said of the Norris line, Drake batherson and Brady Tkachuk. “This is what people are going to see and [it’s] something they can rally behind. It’s a legitimate line that’s going to be good for a long time. “
Video: OTT @ CAR: Svechnikov buries the rebound to tie the game
Carolina had tied with two goals in 1:45. Aho gave a blind pass to Teravainen for a receiving shot from the right face-off circle to reduce him to 2-1 at 12:02 on the power play, and Svechnikov made 2-2 at 13:47 on the rebound of Aho’s wrist in traffic.
“It was a bit of a relief, but they scored the third straight away,” said Svechnikov. “In the same situation, we have to score one more.”
The Senators took a 1-0 lead at 2:43 of the first period as Formenton recovered an assist from the Ennis board, slipping behind the Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith and scored through the five holes.
“We just tried to squirt ‘Formy'”, line mate Chris Tierney noted. “He has great speed. You can never catch him at full speed with the puck. It will create space and probably good things will happen.
Ottawa extended the lead to 2-0 at 9:05 of the third when Formenton scored on the Carolina forward’s skate Martin Necas. Originally, scoring goals on the ice was prohibited due to goalkeeper interference, but Smith disputed the appeal and the video review determined that Svechnikov caused Formenton to come into contact with Raanta.
Video: OTT @ CAR: Formenton credited with the goal after examination
“I play with two great playmakers and scorers, so wherever they are on the ice, I try to use my legs to open the ice for them,” Formenton said. “They found me really good tonight.”
The Hurricanes outscored the Senators 20-3 in the first period, as Ottawa managed to block 10 of their 21 blocked shots.
“You could see it right away,” Forsberg said. “They were boxing, they were blocking shots throughout the game. We sacrificed ourselves to win. That’s how we have to play every night.”
Carolina’s 49 shots were a season high.
“Do they smell it? Yeah,” Brind’Amour said. “They’re upset that they don’t score and get the results, so it’s a double whammy. You’re not going to suddenly go out and do something different to get those results. You have to do it right. and I think this team has done it right. It will work. We will start to score a lot more. “
REMARKS: Forsberg tied the Senators record for most saves in a win, set by Craig anderson in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 19, 2011.… Carolina forward Jordan martinook left the game with an ankle injury in the second period. There was no update. … Defender of the Hurricanes Jacob Slavin had one assist and four shots in a 29:30 high. … Carolina had 15 power-play shots in 7:09 and was 1-for-4 with a man advantage. … Teravainen scored his 100th NHL goal in his 471st game.
Video: Formenton, Norris help Senators end losing six-game skid