RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Dan Ellis made 33 saves for his first shutout in more than two years and Eric Staal scored to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Ellis, making only his second start of the season in place of Cam Ward, earned his 13th career shutout and first since Nov. 9, 2010, against Toronto when he was with Tampa Bay.
Carolina improved to 9-0-1 in its last 10 home games against the Senators.
Ottawa came in with a 5-1-1 record but struggled to generate many scoring chances. Jason Spezza underwent surgery on a herniated disc in his back earlier Friday, and the Senators could be without their No. 1 center for up to two months.
Craig Anderson made 34 saves for Ottawa, which was trying to win its third game in four nights. Anderson has allowed only seven goals in seven games and entered the game leading the NHL in save percentage.
Staal took advantage of a strong effort by Alexander Semin to score his goal.
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