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Hemsky’s SO goal lifts Senators over Hurricanes

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Ottawa Senators edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Monday night.

Hemsky fired a shot off the post and into the net behind Cam Ward in the second round to give the Senators their third straight win and fourth in fifth games.

Craig Anderson stopped all three Carolina shooters, including Elias Lindholm with the final attempt, to earn the victory.

Mika Zibanejad scored in regulation for the Senators, and Anderson made 30 saves.

Jeff Skinner scored his 30th goal of the season for Carolina, which got 28 saves from Ward before the shootout.

Coincidental minor penalties in overtime had the teams playing 3-on-3 hockey for two minutes. Kyle Turris had the best opportunity for the Senators but his shot went over the net.

Carolina’s Alex Semin had Anderson beaten on a 2 on 1 but his backhander went wide.

There were few scoring opportunities through most of the third period, but that changed in the final few minutes when both teams applied pressure in an attempt to keep the other team from earning points in the playoff race.

The Senators are four points behind Columbus, which is in the second and last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are seven points back.

All the offense was produced in the first period as the game was tied 1-1 before five minutes elapsed.

Zibanejad opened the scoring at 1:41 when he deflected Patrick Wiercioch’s point shot past Ward. The play was reviewed, but the goal was quickly confirmed.

Zibanejad improved his career-best numbers to 14 goals and 29 points in 64 games.

But Carolina caught up after Erik Karlsson gave away the puck behind his net and later was the last player to touch it before it went into the net behind Anderson.

Karlsson tried to sweep the puck around the boards behind the net but fanned on his attempt, giving Skinner possession of the puck behind the goal.

He moved from side to side before banking the puck in off Karlsson to tie it at 4:03.

NOTES: Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Jared Cowen and Colin Greening sat out for the Senators. Mike Komisarek, Radek Dvorak and Justin Peters were scratched by the Hurricanes. … The Senators recalled Jean-Gabriel Pageau from Binghamton (AHL). … Senators forward Kyle Turris was chosen as the NHL’s first star of last week after posting four goals and three assists in four games. … Skinner has points in five straight games. … Nine of the past 11 games between these team have been decided by one goal.

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