Defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s third-period goal lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 preseason victory Sunday over the Ottawa Senators at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Slavin took a pass from forward Kris Versteeg entering the offensive zone and rifled a shot from the left wing for the winner with less than five minutes left in regulation. Brock McGinn had a first-period goal for the Canes (2-2), who topped the New York Islanders 5-3 on Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Canes got a strong game in net from goalie Cam Ward, who played the full 60 minutes, stopping 26 of 27 shots. The Sens pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker in the final minute, but Ward and the Canes made the plays to secure the win.
“I thought we were good early,” Canes coach Bill Peters said. “I thought we set the tone for the game early. I thought we had a little bit of a lull in the middle of the game, then came out in the third and played well. I think when we’re focused and all on the same page we’re a very capable and good team.”
McGinn, who played last season for the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL, scored on a breakaway in the opening period. Peters also praised McGinn, who is bidding for a roster spot, for his hustle in negating an icing call in the third and a strong play on the wall to chip the puck out of the zone.
“He was very good,” Peters said. “Very smart player, competitive kid.”
Shane Prince had a second-period goal for the Sens and also scored in a three-on-three exhibition overtime.
The Canes return to Raleigh for their final two preseason games — Wednesday against the Washington Capitals and Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.