OTTAWA - Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as the New Jersey Devils went into Ottawa Wednesday and shut out the Senators 3-0.
It was the seventh loss in the last 10 games for the Senators (18-14-6), who got an 18-save performance from Andrew Hammond.
Hammond lost for the third straight time in regulation for the first time in his young career.
The Devils (19-14-5) jumped one point ahead of the Senators and into the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
With the exception of a short-handed empty-net goal by Lee Stempniak with 16 seconds to play, there was no scoring in the final two periods. The Senators certainly had their chances though, outshooting the Devils 28-11 over that span, and 36-21 overall.
The Senators started the second period on the power play for 45 seconds and had two additional power plays during the period, including one from an embellishment penalty to the Devils Bobby Farnham, who flew through the air and then slid several feet clutching his knee trying to draw a penalty against Senators' captain Erik Karlsson.
There was some flying in the first period as Chris Neil left his feet while taking a run at Sergey Kalinin, giving the Devils their third power play in the first half of the first period.
They were unsuccessful on that opportunity, but Cammalleri did open the scoring on their second power play as he rushed down the right side and beat Hammond on the short side off the post at 9:11 with Kyle Turris in the penalty box for holding.
Cammalleri scored his second of the period in almost the same spot when he turned and one-timed a turnover just between the post and Hammond's arm at 18:08.
Then Senators are now off until Sunday when they will open a brief two-game road trip in Chicago. The Devils return home to face Dallas on Saturday.
Notes- Jared Cowan, Michael Kostka and Dave Dzurzynski were scratches for the Senators. Scratches for the Devils were Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Gelinas and Tyler Kennedy??? Senators forward Alex Chiasson played his 200th NHL game while teammate Cutis Lazar played in his 100th??? The Senators recalled defencemen Kostka (scratched) and Fredrik Claesson from Binghamton of the AHL prior to Wednesday's game???The Senators are 1-5-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. The Devils improved to 2-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive nights.