GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Martin Gelinas and Kirk McLean called their new teammates accountable. So were the pair in their Carolina Hurricanes debuts.
The newly acquired Gelinas scored a goal and an assist, and McLean, who was also traded over the weekend from Vancouver, stopped 22 of 23 shots as Carolina defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Monday night.
"These guys play their position very well, especially in the defensive zone. They don't gamble or anything," said McLean, who allowed a meaningless third-period goal after entering the game with the worst goals-against-average (3.68) in the NHL. "Everybody seemed to be accountable. It was a different game to watch."
McLean, a 12-year veteran, said it took him about five minutes to realize he was in a different - and better - defensive situation than with the Canucks.
"The quality shots are limited compared to what I was going through there in Vancouver," he said. "It's a little easier on the mind when you know you're only going to face a quality chance maybe every five or six shots at the max and the team is only letting up 20 shots a game."
The Hurricanes scored two goals or less in 26 of their first 42 games, but tallied four in the second period - the team's highest-scoring 20-minute span of the season.
Sami Kapanen scored his first goal in 14 games to start the scoring.
Kapanen, who last scored on Dec. 3, made a great individual effort around defenseman Janne Laukkanen on the right wing 1:31 into the second period to record his 16th goal of the season.
"I didn't get too much wood on that shot. The puck was pretty close to my feet, but I just wanted to shoot it and cross my fingers and hope that something goes in," Kapanen said. "Finally I got it. My heart was beating like it was my first NHL goal."
Kapanen then assisted on Robert Kron's 20-foot slap shot from the slot less than three minutes later. It was also Kapanen's first two-point game since he scored two goals against the New York Islanders in early December.
Later in the period, Gelinas dug a puck out from a crowd in front of Ron Tugnutt and beat him from close range over his left shoulder.
Gelinas then assisted on Keith Primeau's breakaway goal with 2:02 left in the period and the rout was on for Carolina. Primeau has now scored a goal in four straight games after going through a 15-game streak that rivaled Kapanen's drought.
Tugnutt came into the game with a 1.88 GAA, but gave up four goals to the Hurricanes for the second time this season and was pulled after two periods in favor of Damian Rhodes.
"I thought we had a very good first period," said Ottawa's Randy Cunneyworth. "We were in the game right off the bat - where it went after that, I'm not sure."
Ottawa was 0-for-3 on the power play and has now extended its scoreless string to 16-straight man-advantage opportunities. The Hurricanes were 0-for-2 on power plays and are now 0-for-17 over a four-game span.