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Senators 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO)

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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout at Canadian Tire Centre Monday night for their third consecutive victory.

Winger Ales Hemsky scored the only goal in the shootout while Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped all three Hurricanes chances.

The win moved the Senators to within four points of the final wild-card playoff spot in the East.

Center Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators, while winger Jeff Skinner had the Carolina goal.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 30 saves through three periods and overtime, while Anderson blocked 28 shots over the same stretch.

The Senators outshot the Hurricanes 10-6 in a scoreless second period.

Promoted to a top line between wingers Clarke MacArthur and Hemsky, Zibanejad gave the Senators a 1-0 lead with his 14th goal of the season at the 1:41 mark of the opening period. Moments after a neat move by Hemsky to get around Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk, Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch drilled a shot from the point that went in off Zibanejad, who was cruising in front.

The Senators had a chance to increase their margin by two when MacArthur broke in on a breakaway during the fourth minute, but his attempt to beat Ward between the legs was stopped by Ward.

On the next shift, Skinner parked behind the Senators net with the puck, looking for a teammate to pass to in front. When none could get free, Skinner banked a shot off Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson that got by Anderson on the short side.

The teams each had nine shots on goal in the first period.

NOTES: Senators C Kyle Turris was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday. His exploits included a league-high seven points, and a plus-7 rating, while leading Ottawa on a 3-0-1 run. ... The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 17 games against the Senators. Eight of the previous 10 meetings between the teams had been decided by one goal. ... Senators C Jason Spezza and D Jared Cowen were both unable to play in the second of back-to-back games because of "lower-body" injuries. Taking their spots in the lineup were C Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was recalled from Binghamton Monday morning, and D Cody Ceci. ... Hurricanes W Jeff Skinner extended his consecutive-games point-scoring streak to five with his 30th goal in the second period. Skinner is now one shy of his career best in goals, which he established as a rookie in 2010-11.

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10 players
Draft time:
Aug 29 9:00 am
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