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OTTAWA (AP) -Carolina coach Paul Maurice wasn't all that impressed with either team after his Hurricanes had their three-game winning streak snapped by Ottawa.
Dany Heatley scored his 30th goal of the season Tuesday night and the Senators chased Carolina goalie Cam Ward out of the nets after one period in a 4-2 victory.
Carolina outshot Ottawa 43-22, but Ward allowed three goals in nine shots in the first period.
"We outshot them by a ton, we gave up four goals on 11 shots. I didn't think they were that good. I didn't think we were that good," Maurice said.
"I'm not looking at Cam Ward and saying, `Hey, that's your fault,' but he didn't stop enough, we didn't score enough and that's the game."
For Heatley, it's the fifth time in his seven NHL seasons that he's reached the 30-goal mark and fourth year in a row.
Heatley and Chris Kelly scored goals 46 seconds apart in the first period for Ottawa. The Senators had lost three straight, falling behind early in each game.
"We talked about it a lot the last couple of days," Heatley said. "We came out, scored some goals and took the momentum right away."
Mike Comrie, acquired from the New York Islanders along with defenseman Chris Campoli in a trade last Friday, also scored as the Senators struck three times in the opening 20 minutes to chase Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward from the game.
"It would have been a good night for us to get some points on all those teams that we're chasing," Eaves said. "We got a lot of shots, but didn't score on our opportunities."
Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, who halted a three-game winless slide.
Daniel Alfredsson and Antoine Vermette each chipped in with a pair of assists and Alex Auld recorded 41 saves.
Ward, making his ninth straight start for Carolina, was replaced by Michael Leighton, who made 12 saves the rest of the way.
With Comrie, in his second stint in Ottawa, and Campoli making their first appearance at home, the Senators came close on a couple of chances early before Heatley gave them the lead just past the 14-minute mark when he converted a 2-on-1 opportunity with Alfredsson.
That touched off a flurry of goals over the next 46 seconds.
Before Heatley's goal could even be announced, Eaves tied the score when he fired a shot from a bad angle that struck Auld in the side of the pad and bounced in for the former Senators' third goal of the season.
But 29 seconds after that, Vermette forced a turnover as Carolina tried to break out of its own zone. He found Kelly alone in front of the net, who scored his seventh goal of the season.
"That showed a lot of resilience on our part," Auld said.
With 10.1 seconds left in the first, Comrie recorded his eighth goal and first back in an Ottawa uniform when he faked a slapshot and slipped the puck through Ward's pads.
"It was nice to see that one go in because you want to fit in right away, especially in a win," Comrie said.
Ward was replaced by Leighton to start the second and Spezza welcomed him by slipping a bad-angle shot past him on the power play to make it 4-1 less than two minutes into the period.
Babchuk cut the lead to 4-2 with the Hurricanes on a power play late in the period.
"We had a lot of shots," Eaves said. "Those crazy 40 seconds (in the first). It would have been nice to not let them score back on us."
Notes: With Senators general manager Bryan Murray stating Monday he has too many bodies available, defensemen Brendan Bell, Christoph Schubert and Alexandre Picard were all healthy scratches. Carolina returns home to play host to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday in another important Eastern Conference game with playoff implications.
|Dany Heatley (30) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (37), Mike Fisher (13)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Patrick Eaves (3) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (23), Michael Ryan (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Chris Kelly (7) ASST: Antoine Vermette (18)|
2 - 1 OTT
|Mike Comrie (8) ASST: Antoine Vermette (19), Brian Lee (9)|
3 - 1 OTT
|PPG - Jason Spezza (22) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (38), Chris Campoli (14)|
4 - 1 OTT
|PPG - Anton Babchuk (6) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (21), Jussi Jokinen (13)|
4 - 2 OTT
|Ryan Bayda Roughing against Brian Lee|
|Mike Fisher Hi-sticking against Niclas Wallin|
|Ray Whitney Hooking against Dany Heatley|
|Tim Gleason Cross checking against Jason Spezza|
|Filip Kuba Holding against Joni Pitkanen|
|Antoine Vermette Closing hand on puck|
|Nick Foligno Interference against Chad LaRose|
|Anton Volchenkov Tripping against Ray Whitney|