RALEIGH, N.C. -- Call it the Curse of Corvo.
And this morning, nobody is feeling it worse than Chris Phillips.
Former Senators defenceman Joe Corvo beat his old team again last night, this time scoring the winner with 2:40 left in the third period of a 2-1 Hurricanes victory at RBC Center.
Corvo also had an assist on Dennis Seidenberg's game-tying goal with 8:54 left in the third.
Phillips, generally regarded as Ottawa's best defenceman, was guilty of a giveaway on the winner and had been sitting in the penalty box for 33 seconds when Seidenberg scored.
"I didn't think we were real sharp all night with the puck, but the third period, we were probably even sloppier," said Senators coach Craig Hartsburg. "We turned too many pucks over, weren't strong enough on it ... and that's what happens. If you're not good with the puck, your management with the puck is not good, you're hoping. And that's what happened in the third period."
The loss snapped Ottawa's win streak at two games and evened the Senators' record at 6-6-2.
Corvo, of course, has haunted the Senators before. He had three goals in a 5-1 victory over the Senators at RBC March 16, not long after he had been traded to the Hurricanes, along with Patrick Eaves, by Ottawa GM Bryan Murray for Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman.
That was Corvo's only career hat trick. Asked about the success against his former team, he quipped: "It's just a little extra in the Kool-Aid before the game."
Senators goalie Martin Gerber played his first game in 2 1/2 weeks, and stopped 28-of-30 shots. He could not be blamed on the two goals.
"I think we should have won that game," said Gerber, a former Hurricane.
"They pushed hard at the end, had some chances and scored some goals."
SUDDENLY HOT FISHER
The Senators had 23 shots on Carolina goalie Michael Leighton, it what some before the game were referring to as the Battle of the Backups.
With Cam Ward sitting on the bench, it was the seventh time in 14 games the Senators faced a second-stringer.
Ottawa's goal came from Mike Fisher, who now has five points in three games since breaking a goal-less and assist-less drought that he had through his first nine.
The Fisher-Daniel Alfredsson-Jesse Winchester line now has 10 points in the team's last four games.
"It wasn't our best game, no question," said Fisher. "We tried to stick with it, but we didn't create a ton of chances and we scrambled in our own end. We didn't handle the puck that well."
Fisher's goal broke a scoreless tie with 1:52 remaining in the second period. It came on an opportunistic play by Alfredsson, who jumped on a bobble by former Senator prospect Tim Gleason at the Carolina blue line.
As Fisher drove to the net, Alfredsson took a shot that Leighton stopped with his right pad. Fisher was quickly on top of the rebound.
The Senators kept Carolina away from Gerber early. The Hurricanes didn't get their first shot on goal until the 9:15 mark, when Wade Brookbank sent in a soft tester. By that point, Ottawa had already fired eight pucks at Leighton.
Jason Spezza thought he put one past the Carolina goalie when he sent a backhand toward the short side, but after the play was reviewed it was ruled the puck had not crossed the line.
Hartsburg was wary of sitting Alex Auld, who had started the previous seven games for the Senators. With him in goal, Ottawa had claimed nine of the last 10 points available. Auld has also lowered his GAA to 1.84, which is second best in the NHL.
"Obviously, we thought about that," Hartsburg said before the game when asked about tinkering with success. "But this is a situation where we think it's time to get (Gerber) in." -- Files from Sun wires