THE SKINNY: After a scoreless opening 40 minutes, the Hurricanes outscored the Senators 2-1 in the third period to earn their season-high fifth win in a row. The loss also snapped the Senators winning streak as they were going for a six-game ride, which would have been their longest of the campaign.
THE WINNER: Anton Babchuk scored the winner at 13:59 on the power play. It was Babchuk’s 13th goal of the season.
ANTON BLOCKSHOT: Babchuk did his best to keep the Senators shots out of the net as he had a game-high four blocked shots.
ROD THE BOD: Captain Rod Brind’Amour had a goal and an assist, won 67 percent of his faceoffs and was a plus-1.
STORMING INTO THE PLAYOFFS: Their win over Ottawa inched the Hurricanes a little closer to their first playoff berth since they won the Stanley Cup in the 2005-06 season.
LIKELY OVER: The loss dealt what could very well be a fatal blow to the Senators playoff hopes as they are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. They are nine points out of the final playoff spot with nine games remaining.
THE NEXT GAME: The Senators are in Atlanta on Saturday to take on the Thrashers in the third game of their six-game road trip.