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Hurricanes begin homestand with 2-1 win over Senators

Chip Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tom Dundon was asked Tuesday if there have been any disappointments in his first few weeks as the Carolina Hurricanes' new majority owner.

"Where we are in the standings is disappointing," he said.

The standings looked better for the Canes after Tuesday's game, after a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena.

Victor Rask's power-play goal at 11:32 of the third period gave the Canes a 2-1 lead, Rask scoring from the left wing.

The Canes (23-19-8) tied it at 1 earlier in the period as winger Sebastian Aho, back in the lineup after missing four games with a concussion and lower-body injury, scored on a blast from the left wing.

That left it up to goalie Cam Ward to finish it up and the veteran earned his 14th win of the season.

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The Hurricanes were four points out of wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference standings before Tuesday's game. They were facing a team that had lost five straight games, scoring just seven goals.

"We've got a real good schedule that sets up well," Canes coach Bill Peters said after Tuesday's morning skate.

It has been a long, frustrating season for the Sens, filled with injuries and more downs than ups. In the five-game skid they had been outscored 17-7.

For nearly 40 minutes Tuesday, neither team could score. It was a grind of a game, with Ward and Sens goalie Craig Anderson matching saves.

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