RALEIGH, NC --- As the Carolina Hurricanes embark on a six-game road swing that won't bring them back for another home game until Valentine's Day, they can do so knowing they're capable of handling any style.
Carolina is built to score and play fast, but on Friday night at PNC Arena, the only goal scored was by Hurricanes' star center Eric Staal in the first period. The Canes then spent the rest of the night fighting off the Ottawa Senators, proving they can also win a grinder reliant on not just excellent goaltending, but terrific play in front of the net-minder.
It helped that backup goalie Dan Ellis once again performed like he should be No. 1 in net, turning back 35 Ottawa shots. Several were fantastic glove saves that revealed his quickness. In eight periods in goal thus far, Ellis has allowed just two goals and is second in the NHL in save percentage. Carolina (3-3) is also 2-0 in his starts, which also include a 3-1 win at Buffalo a week ago.
Ellis says playing for Carol...