Ottawa 4, Carolina 3

Ottawa beat the struggling Hurricanes tonight in a game that they did not play particularly well in.  Craig Anderson was good (not great) in rebounding from his disappointing start against Pittsburgh.  Bobby Butler continues to sit in the dog house playing under 7:00 (just above Zenon Konopka).  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Spezza (Gonchar, Karlsson)
Spezza walks around Tim Gleason and out waits Cam Ward
2. Carolina, Dwyer
Scores from an impossible angle; a bad goal given up by Anderson
3. Spezza (Gonchar, Karlsson) (pp)
Great cross-ice pass from Gonchar gives Spezza the open net
4. Rundblad (Butler, Konopka) (pp)
Konopka creates the turnover and Rundblad‘s point shot deflects in off Pitkanen
5. Carolina, Staal
Phillips loses his man in front (Staal) who scores off the rebound
6. Smith (Daugavins, Kuba)
Smith scores on a scrambled play off a nice pass from Daugavins
7. Carolina, Ponikarovsky (pp)
Daugavins turns the puck over and in the scramble in front Phillips goes for the body and not the puck and Ponikarovsky cashes in

Players who impressed:
Erik Karlsson – picked up a pair of assists and was strong defensively
Sergei Gonchar – almost as good as Karlsson in all respects
Zack Smith – another strong 200-foot game that included a goal

Players who struggled:
Chris Phillips – made key mistakes that resulted in two goals against

No one else struggled particularly, but Jason Spezza lead the team in turnovers.  On the positive side, David Rundblad scored his first NHL goal and kept the defensive mistakes to a minimum.

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