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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in a seven-minute stretch of the second period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Sunday at PNC Arena, ending a four-game losing streak.

Right winger Patrick Dwyer, right winger Tuomo Ruutu and center Elias Lindholm scored for Carolina during the game-turning span. Center Eric Staal, who added an empty-net goal, and defenseman Justin Faulk provided two assists apiece.

Center Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa just 67 seconds into the game.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, in his third game back from an injury, secured his first victory in more than a month. He stopped 35 shots.

The Hurricanes, who lost a day earlier in overtime at Boston, entered the game with the second-fewest goals scored in the league.

The Senators, who snapped a three-game losing streak by winning Saturday at Detroit, have given up at least four goals in their last nine losses. Goalie Robin Lehner made 33 saves, but he was unable to win for the second day in a row.

Staal has team highs of six goals and 11 assists.

Spezza, who has tallied 38 points in 32 career games against Carolina, produced his 10th goal of the season as the Senators jumped on top.

Carolina pulled even on Dwyer's wrister 3:10 into the second period. Ruutu gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead less than four minutes later, taking a perfect feed from Staal for a transition goal.

It was Ruutu's second goal of the season, with both coming in a four-game span.

Lindholm made it three goals in a seven-minute stretch by converting on a power play. The only other goal for the rookie came Oct. 10 at Washington.

The three-goal burst marked as many goals for the Hurricanes in any of their entire games during the previous month.

The Senators were searching for their first victory in regulation in Raleigh since Dec. 12, 2007. Now there's a span of 11 visits since then without a clean two points for Ottawa.

NOTES: The Hurricanes were playing games on back-to-back days for the fifth time this season. They went 0-3-1 on the back end of those sets entering Sunday. ... Hurricanes C Jiri Tlusty played in his 300th NHL game. ... Senators D Mark Borowiecki left less than eight minutes into the game after absorbing a hit from Hurricanes RW Kevin Westgarth that resulted in a boarding penalty. He didn't return. ... Ottawa D Joe Corvo, who played last season for the Hurricanes, was a healthy scratch for the sixth consecutive game. ... Carolina RW Riley Nash was scratched for the second game in a row after playing in all except one of the first 23 games. ... The Senators complete a three-game road trip Wednesday night at Washington. ... The Hurricanes play three of their next four games on the road, starting Wednesday night at New Jersey.
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