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Senators Tie Hurricanes 2-2

January 12, 2004

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Eric Cole broke a 26-game scoring drought when he netted the tying goal with 3:29 left in regulation, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes into a 2-2 draw Sunday with the Ottawa Senators.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Cole flipped a back-hander by Patrick Lalime. Kevin Weekes made 38 saves for the Hurricanes.

Marian Hossa scored twice for the Senators, and Eric Staal had the other goal for the Hurricanes.

Hossa gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead on a jam-in at 8:31 of the third period after he made a give-and-go pass to Martin Havlat. The goal came with four seconds left on a hooking penalty against Carolina captain Ron Francis.

Hossa’s first goal gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 9:09 of the second period, marking the 20th time in 42 games Ottawa scored first.

Carolina tied it when Staal lifted a shot over Lalime’s glove at 15:14 of the second. Staal took a pass from Francis, who was set up behind the net.

While Ottawa was 2-for-5 on the power play, Carolina continued to struggle with the man advantage _ going 0-for-5.

Carolina, outshot 40-20, didn’t record a shot until 10 minutes elapsed.

Notes: Carolina D Danny Markov missed his second straight game because of an injured shoulder. ... Francis earned an assist for the third straight game. ... Ottawa has scored first in 20 of 42 games this season. ... Jeff O’Neill’s assist gave him 404 points with the Hurricanes, third most in franchise history.

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