NHL Wrap: Hurricanes' Ellis shuts out Senators

NHL Wrap: Hurricanes' Ellis shuts out Senators
February 1, 2013, 11:15 pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dan Ellis was the benefactor of the Carolina Hurricanes' most complete defensive performance of the season.

The Hurricanes' backup made 33 saves for his first shutout in more than two years and Eric Staal scored to lead Carolina to a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

"I think one of the best things we did was blocking out, blocking shots, clearing rebounds -- we really didn't do much wrong tonight defensively," said Ellis, who was making only his second start of the season in place of Cam Ward.

"We played very, very well. We limited our turnovers, when we did have any turnovers, we had great back pressure, we had great angles. You look at our whole defensive game tonight -- it was phenomenal."

It was Ellis' 13th career shutout and first since Nov. 9, 2010, against Toronto when he was with Tampa Bay (see full story).

Zetterberg's hat trick leads Detroit
DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg had his best game since the Detroit Red Wings came off consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup finals.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock isn't ready to say Zetterberg can make the rebuilding team a championship contender just yet, but he said it's too early to count out the Red Wings because of Zetterberg and fellow star Pavel Datsyuk.

Zetterberg matched a career high with five points -- including three goals. He then set up Datsyuk's tiebreaking goal after David Backes was called for a match penalty at 9:38 of third period to help Detroit beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 on Friday night.

"I hear a lot about the things we don't have, but I don't know how many teams have Pav and Z," Babcock said. "And, that's a pretty good starting point for me.

"We're not going away here."

Detroit entered the season with predictions of its streak of 21 straight postseasons being in peril. Seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and net-front specialist Tomas Holmstrom both retired, and key players Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler from last season are now playing elsewhere (see full story).

Jagr helps Stars beat Coyotes
DALLAS -- Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn scored in a shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

After netting four goals in the opener against Phoenix, the Stars had scored only nine times in the next six games before breaking out.

Antoine Roussel scored in his NHL debut, rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon had his first career goal, and Michael Ryder also scored as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

Phoenix trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before getting even in the third period. Radim Vrbata had the only goal for the Coyotes (2-4-2) in the shootout (see full story).

Lightning torch Jets
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their high-scoring ways.

Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning past the Winnipeg Jets 8-3 on Friday night.

"We've got a lot of guys hungry for goals," Conacher said.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot. Stamkos and Lecavalier both added two assists.

The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games (see full story).

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