The post-game report: Ward steals the show, Alfredsson throws the puck away and Karlsson closes in on shot record

For once this season, the Ottawa Senators received a taste of their own medicine.

In Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, it was the guy in the other net who stole a victory.

For once this season, the Ottawa Senators received a taste of their own medicine.

In Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, it was the guy in the other net who stole a victory.

Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was the difference, making 45 saves and keeping the Hurricanes in a game that could have been lost early in the second period.

“He’s playing like one of the elite goalies in the league,” said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller. “In Toronto (Monday), he kept us in the game in the first period and (Thursday), he played exceptionally well. He’s zoned in right now.”

The winning goal came off the stick of defenceman Jay Harrison, who made like Erik Karlsson in jumping up into the play in overtime, finding a loose puck at the side of the net following a 2-on-1 break.

It was Harrison’s one and only shot on goal.

“He’s a big guy, but he skates well and we tell him to join the rush when the opportunity is available,” said Muller. “He made a good read and got the big body in there and got a big goal.”

It was Harrison’s second goal of the season and 15th of his career.

 

QUOTABLE:

 

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: “I tried to lob it out soft and I don’t know if it rolled on top (of my stick) and I got more of it than I thought I would. I saw it go over and I couldn’t believe it,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson on the delay of game penalty which led to Alexander Semin’s tying goal late in the third period.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: “It’s always disappointing when you don’t win. We want to make the most of our homestand here. Their goalie (Cam Ward) is the only reason it’s a close game and I gave them a chance,” Alfredsson on failing to take advantage.

IF HE HAD A DOZEN SHOTS ON GOAL, THE SENATORS WOULD HAVE WON: “That’s a shot you would like to have back and you should score on that for sure,” defenceman Erik Karlsson, talking about fanning on a shot while staring at a wide open net on a power play.

THE SUN WILL COME UP TOMORROW: “We’ve got to leave this one behind us,” Karlsson, already looking ahead to Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

THE NUMBERS

45: Saves by Cam Ward

23: Saves by Craig Anderson

11: Shots on goal by Erik Karlsson

12: Senators record for shots on goal (Jason York)

6: Shots on goal by Jordan Staal

5-13: Kyle Turris’s faceoff record

17-6: Zack Smith’s faceoff record

0-for-3: Senators power play

1-for-2: Hurricanes power play

 

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