Ottawa Senators edge Carolina Hurricanes in fight-filled NHL game

Milan Michalek celebrates a goal against Carolina. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

Milan Michalek celebrates a goal against Carolina. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

OTTAWA - On a night when Jared Cowen delivered a thundering hit and got into a couple of scraps in his return to the home team’s lineup, on a night when Chris Neil finally found the back of the net again ... the Senators did what they had to do.

Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, who are on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, was huge, with the Islanders, Rangers and Jets all looking to gain ground on the Senators and move up in the standings.

But it was Cowen’s head-crunching hit on Carolina sharpshooter Jeff Skinner, who has a history of concussion issues, that had people talking ... and had the Hurricanes seeking some payback.

“I think the game kind of changed at that point. It was good for us,” said Cowen, playing his first game of the season after hip surgery. “I didn’t think he’d pass it there, but he did ... and I was already there.”



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