OTTAWA (AP) — Jay Harrison scored the overtime winner for the Carolina Hurricanes, and was quick to credit Cam Ward for the victory.
The Hurricanes' goalie made 45 saves on Thursday night as Carolina escaped Ottawa with a 3-2 victory over the Senators.
Ward's heroics, which included 16 saves in a chaotic second period in which Carolina was outshot 17-3, helped set up Harrison's winner at 2:19 of overtime
"Cam's a great goaltender and he keeps us in games," said Harrison, who banged home the deciding goal off a scramble in front of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. "He's a huge part of our success and we owe that to him.
"The fact we were able to get back on the horse in the third period and have a few big penalty kills, score a big power-play goal and then an overtime goal demonstrated we played a pretty solid road game."
Chad LaRose and Alexander Semin scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who have won five of their last seven.
Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson replied for the Senators, while Anderson stopped 23 shots in taking the loss.
"We played such a good game, but credit to their goalie as he kept them in the game and gave them a chance to tie it up and win it in overtime," Alfredsson said. "We had our opportunities to put it away and couldn't."
Senators coach Paul MacLean says he can't ask for much more from his team.
"We want to come back and reproduce that game again and again and again and again," he said. "We feel we'll get a much better result if we reproduce that game at that level and at that tempo."
Ottawa led 2-1 in the third period, but Semin tied it with a one-timer that beat Anderson stick side on the power play at 12:26.
"Anything can happen in a one-goal game and you just need a bounce or a break and we got that opportunity on the power play," Ward said. "We've been stressing special teams all season long and that we need to get better and the power play was able to come up with a big goal to tie the game."
Both teams had a number of great chances in the first, but it was the Senators who took the early lead on Karlsson's team-leading fifth goal of the season on a great pass from rookie Jakob Silfverberg.