Rescheduled games with noon starts apparently can be unpredictable, as Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller was quick to note Saturday.
"You see it a lot. These afternoon games you don't know what to expect," Muller said.
The Canes topped the Ottawa Senators 6-3 at PNC Arena, in a game in which seven goals were scored in the second period. There were a few "brain cramps," as Muller put it, and some loose defensive play but Carolina won its third straight and did it without Jeff Skinner or Alexander Semin scoring.
Manny Malhotra had two goals and assist, Nathan Gerbe a goal and two assists and Drayson Bowman two assists. And that was the Canes' third line.
Add in goals from Eric Staal, Tuomo Ruutu and Riley Nash and the Canes (23-19-9) had a season high in scoring and now have 11 goals in the past two games.
Defenseman Andrej Sekera, a man on the move throughout the game, finished with two assists and was named the game's first star. Semin had his goal streak end at four games ...