OTTAWA (AP) - Brandon Sutter and Tuomo Ruutu scored and Cam Ward made 38 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Tuesday night.
Jason Spezza scored with 13 seconds left in the third period to spoil Ward's shutout bid.
The Hurricanes, long out of postseason contention, ensured the playoff-bound Senators can finish no higher than seventh in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa still needs one point in its final two games to clinch seventh and set up a first-round playoff meeting with the Boston Bruins.
The Hurricanes scored both of their goals in the second period.
Sutter's shot from the left side found its way into the net at 1:33 after Senators goalie Craig Anderson _ who made 29 saves in the game _ got a piece of the puck but not quite enough.
Ruutu made it 2-0 when he redirected Jussi Jokinen's point shot from the slot past Anderson with 2:06 to go in the period with the Hurricanes on the power play.
Carolina had a chance to score midway through the period when Jeff Skinner only needed to tuck the puck into a deserted net after Anderson was beaten on the play. However, defenseman Erik Karlsson stopped the puck off the goal line and cleared it away.
During the same sequence, Chris Neil appeared to score for the Senators but the goal was waved off after a lengthy review.
NOTES: Hurricanes D Jay Harrison played in his 200th NHL game... Justin Faulk is third among Hurricanes defensemen in scoring, but came into the game first among NHL rookie blue-liners with 22:55 in average ice time, eight goals and five power-play goals. ... Bobby Butler, Zenon Konopka, Sergei Gonchar and Ben Bishop were scratches for the Senators on Tuesday. Jaroslav Spacek and Andreas Nool were scratches for the Hurricanes.
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