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Nilsson makes 33 saves in Senators victory against Hurricanes

Ottawa wins for fourth time in past five games

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone scored 13 seconds apart in the second period, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at PNC Arena on Friday. 

Magnus Paajarvi and Christian Wolanin scored, and Anders Nilsson made 33 saves for the Senators (19-24-5), who have won four of their past five. 

"We played really solid, we created a lot of turnovers," Paajarvi said. "The defense was really good. That's a nice feeling, especially when you can put four in the net."


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Warren Foegele scored for the Hurricanes (22-20-5), who have lost two in a row. Nino Niederreiter, acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild for center Victor Rask on Thursday, had four shots in 16:57 in his debut. 

"They make you earn it, jam the neutral zone, get the puck behind them, and we weren't committed to doing that enough tonight to sustain offense," Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. 

Video: OTT@CAR: Ryan, Stone score 13 seconds apart

Paajarvi put the Senators up 1-0 at 15:47 of the first period when he batted in the rebound of Cody Ceci's shot. The goal was Paajarvi's fourth of the season and first in 19 games. 

"It was a big goal for us at a big time," Stone said. "It got us the lead and we were able to play with it for the rest of the night, and that makes it that much easier."

The Senators struck for two quick goals in the second period. Ryan Dzingel chipped the puck ahead to Ryan, who scored from the low slot for a 2-0 lead at 7:26. Stone made it 3-0 at 7:39 after Chris Tierney won a face-off to Stone for a shot inside the far post. 

"You get two goals that quickly apart and get that three-goal lead, [opponents] start to take chances," Stone said. "We've played from behind and we understand how hard it is."

Foegele cut through the Ottawa defense and scored from along the goal line to cut the Senators lead to 3-1 at 11:24. 

Ottawa restored its three-goal lead when Wolanin finished a pass across the top of the crease from Brady Tkachuk to make it 4-1 at 16:25.

Nilsson made 12 saves in the third period for his fourth win in his past five starts.

"From my perspective standing back there, we didn't give them a whole lot," Nilsson said. "We played very hard throughout the whole ice and didn't give them a lot of time and space."

Ottawa blocked 27 shots, seven by Ceci.

"Being better defensively makes us win games," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "We look good. We don't just win them, we win them solid."

Video: OTT@CAR: Wolanin buries feed from Tkachuk


They said it 

"I'll give the goal a seven, and I will give the [celebration] a nine. I stuck the landing pretty good. Got the crowd laughing a little bit so that's always nice. It was funny. Got a little too excited there. Once you're up in the air you can't really do anything. You can laugh at it now." -- Senators forward Magnus Paajarvi, who took a hard spill celebrating his goal 

 Video: OTT@CAR: Paajarvi bats puck out of air for goal


"We were so bad I almost dressed and got out there. I might have been as good as what we were throwing out there. I didn't know what I was watching. That's the first time all year I can say that. You're going to lose games, but it was obvious we were going to lose that one." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour 


Need to know

Stone tied Erik Karlsson and Marian Hossa with five consecutive 50-point seasons for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson leads with 10 and Jason Spezza has eight. … Ottawa forward Matt Duchene has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak. … It was the first win for the Senators in Raleigh since March 17, 2015 (2-1 in overtime). … Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki left in the second period with a lower-body injury. There was no update. It was Borowiecki's 300th NHL game.  … The Hurricanes have given up at least three goals in seven straight games. … The Hurricanes have outshot their opponents in 94 of 141 regulation periods this season.


What's next 

Senators: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, FS-MW, NHL.TV) 

Hurricanes: At the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SN1, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Video: Ryan, Stone, Nilsson pace Senators past Hurricanes

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