Manny Malhotra scores twice as Hurricanes down Senators

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Manny Malhotra tallied two goals and an assist while Nathan Gerbe had three points as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6-3, Saturday for their third straight victory at PNC Arena.

Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu also scored, Andrej Sekera and Alexander Semin contributed two assists each while Anton Khudobin stopped 23 shots for the Hurricanes, who improved to 23-19-9.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday but had to be moved due to Carolina’s schedule being altered by weather postponements earlier in the week.

Kyle Turris scored two goals and Mika Zibanejad added another tally for the Senators (22-20-10), who lost four of their last five games.

Senators starting goalie Robin Lehner was replaced by Craig Anderson to start the third period after allowing five goals on 22 shots. Anderson stopped all nine shots he faced.

After the Hurricanes opened a 1-0 lead in a tentative first period, the teams scored seven second-period goals. Carolina scored twice 23 seconds apart, beginning when Semin made a perfect lead pass through the neutral zone to Staal, who beat Lehner through the legs at 6:05.

Malhotra made it 3-0 when he buried Gerbe’s pass from the left wing. Malhotra finished from the top of the crease after Gerbe lifted a nice saucer pass across the slot.

Nash pushed the score to 4-0 at 13:23 after Sekera held a puck in at the blue line before circling and finding Nash in the slot.

Two minutes later, Turris put the Senators on the board. Clarke MacArthur gathered the rebound of Eric Gryba’s shot and slid it to Turris, who had a wide-open net.

Turris scored his second of the game – a shorthanded goal — at 17:47 with Chris Neil in the box on a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

MacArthur fed a diagonal pass to Turris, who scored his 17th of the season. Turris has 10 goals in his past 15 games.

The Hurricanes extended the lead to 5-2 when Ruutu beat Lehner off the glove at 19:27. The Senators answered 10 seconds later when Zibanejad popped the loose puck into the net.

Malhotra scored an empty net goal with 1:41 remaining for the final count.

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