Corvo hat-trick helps Hurricanes thrash Senators

Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:22pm EDT
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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Joe Corvo delighted the home crowd with a hat-trick against his former team as the Carolina Hurricanes crushed the Ottawa Senators 5-1 in an Eastern Conference match-up on Sunday.

"If I had to write the storybook ending, this would be it," Corvo, who was traded from Ottawa last month, told reporters after his first NHL hat-trick.

The victory enabled the Hurricanes to keep a five-point lead in the Southeast Division and snapped a three-game winning streak by the Senators, who trail Montreal in the Northeast Division.

It came two days after the Hurricanes were beaten 7-1 in Buffalo.

"It was real important to put that out of our minds," Corvo said. "That was a beating. You can't hang on to games like that. You just have to leave them there."

After Dany Heatley's powerplay goal 3:16 into the first period gave Ottawa the lead, Carolina scored five unanswered goals, three of them on the powerplay.

Patrick Eaves, who also came to Carolina from Ottawa in the Corvo trade, tied the score with a powerplay tally about four minutes after Heatley's goal.

Corvo, a defenseman, took over from there, scoring three of the Hurricanes' next four goals.

His breakout game began with a powerplay score 10:24 into the first period off the first of three assists by Eric Staal.   Continued...

<p>Carolina Hurricanes' Joe Corvo (2nd L) scores a hat trick against Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber as the Senators' (L-R) Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden, and Chris Kelly look on during the third period of their game in Raleigh, North Carolina March 16, 2008. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier</p>