RALEIGH -- When the going got tough, the Carolina Hurricanes got dirty.
And it could cost them.
Undaunted by an injury to starting goalie Ray Emery and a cheapshot to Mike Fisher, the Senators put a 6-0 beating on the Hurricanes last night.
After facing just one shot, Emery left with what the club called a right hip injury. His replacement, former 'Canes goalie Martin Gerber, was solid in relief with 31 saves.
Hurricanes winger Scott Walker jostled with Gerber in the first minute of the second period. Mike Fisher quickly stepped in, bloodying Walker's left eye.
But it was a Walker head-butt to Fisher that could spell trouble. The officials gave Walker a match penalty, which carries an automatic review and possible suspension from NHL VP Colin Campbell.
"It's cheap," said Fisher, who chipped a tooth and may have lost another. "It caught me off guard. I am sure he will get some games for it.
"He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away. I just wanted to let him know he can't do that."
"I don't understand it. It's a stupid thing to do," said Senators coach John Paddock. "(Walker's) an honest player."
Leading the Senators was Dany Heatley, with two goals and an assist. Jason Spezza and Dean McAmmond had two-point efforts. Fisher and Shean Donovan also scored to extend Ottawa's winning streak to three.
Only moments after Fisher had given the club a 2-0 lead 4:24 into the first, Emery skated straight to the dressing room to get treatment from athletic therapist Gerry Townend.
Emery didn't stay long in the morning skate, but appeared to be sore after stopping a shot midway through the session.
During the game, he was slow getting up in the first after a good scoring chance by Walker and didn't stick around much longer.
"I knew he wasn't right in the morning," said Paddock, adding Emery will be available to back up tonight. "It was so tight he was worried he would do something more to it."
The Senators extended their streak to 19 straight games without a regulation loss in Carolina. Gerber bounced back with big stops after getting pulled in two of his last three starts.
"It's always good to get some ice time. The guys played well in front of me," said Gerber. "You just want to go in and make the saves."
""I don't think Gerber had to make a lot of saves," said Paddock. "He came in cold and did a good job."