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.
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 scored on the power play 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 deflected Jussi Jokinen's point shot past Anderson with 2:06 to go.
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