Whalers 4, Senators 1
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Darren Turcotte scored twice, including the first of Hartford’s three unanswered goals, as the Whalers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Wednesday night for their first win of the season.
Jocelyn Lemieux and Pat Verbeek also scored for Hartford against Don Beaupre, who was playing in his first game since being traded last week to Ottawa from Washington. He faced 26 shots.
Turcotte’s first goal of the game and the season opened the scoring at 12:52 in the first period, and his second came 2:37 into the third period for the final margin.
Adam Burt, who missed Hartford’s first two games with a knee injury, assisted on Turcotte’s first goal. Glen Wesley also got an assist, his first point since being traded to Hartford from Boston in the offseason.
Sean Burke had 26 saves for the Whalers, and the only goal he gave up _ which was credited to Slyvain Turgeon _ actually was deflected in by Frantisek Kucera’s skate.
Hartford, now 1-0-2, had never gone the first three games of a season without a loss. The only time the Whalers won more than once in their first three games was when they were 2-1-0 in 1985-86.
Hartford thought it had a 1-0 lead on its first power play, when Jimmy Carson appeared to have used the back of his stick to deflect in Kucera’s shot at 10:33. But video goal judge Frank Quigley ruled Carson intentionally lifted his knee to misdirect the puck. It was impossible to tell from replays in the media box whether Carson hit the puck with his stick, his leg, or both.
The Whalers did go ahead 1-0 about two minutes later on its next power play, when Turcotte took a pass from Burt and did some fancy stickwork in the right circle before firing a shot past Beaupre at 12:52.
Hartford extended its lead in the next period with goals by Lemieux and Verbeek. Lemieux stuffed home a rebound of Kucera’s slap shot from the left circle at 4:16 and Verbeek’s slap shot went by Ottawa defensman Kerry Huffman’s stick and through the legs of Beaupre, who was screened, at 8:14.
Turgeon opened the scoring for Ottawa about four minutes later. As he skated towards the net between Kucera and Alexander Godynyuk, they all fell and the puck slid out behind them toward Kucera’s skate.