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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.
Skating along the boards, Semin maneuvered around several Ottawa players before cutting toward the center of the ice. He then shot the puck into traffic in front of the net, and Staal managed to tip it over Anderson's shoulder.
The Hurricanes signed Semin to a one-year contract in the offseason with the idea of pairing him with Staal.
Carolina's Jeff Skinner almost scored midway through the second when he hit the crossbar from just outside the crease.
The Hurricanes' power play continued to struggle, squandering all four chances. Carolina is 3-for-30 on the season.
The Senators had been 4-1-1 this season when allowing opponents to score first.
NOTES: The Hurricanes begin a season-high six-game road trip Saturday at Philadelphia. . Carolina D Justin Faulk returned to the Hurricanes' lineup after missing one game with an upper-body injury. . Ottawa D Sergei Gonchar returned to the Senators lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury.
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The Ottawa Senators improved to 5-1-1 on Wednesday night, but they found out Thursday they may be without their top center for possibly the rest of the season.
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray announced Thursday that Jason Spezza, who has a history of back problems, is out indefinitely with another back issue. The center will undergo surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in...
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza will undergo back surgery and is out indefinitely, general manager Bryan Murray said in a press conference on Thursday. The procedure, which will address a herniated disc in Spezza's back, is schedule to take place on Friday in Toronto. The first-line center suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had missed...
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The Ottawa Senators looked very much like a team playing their third game in four nights. The Carolina Hurricanes looked very much like a team that made the most of some unfamiliar rest during this 48-game sprint.
Both Craig Anderson and Dan Ellis were sensational in net for their respective teams, far and away the MVPs of tonight...
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