Craig Anderson has had such an outstanding start to the season, the National Hockey League named him first star for the month of January on Friday afternoon.

Another MVP-type performance to kick off February wasn't enough to prevent his first regulation time loss of the campaign a few hours later, however.

Anderson allowed just one goal on 35 shots as the Senators fell 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh Friday night.

Eric Staal scored at 15:45 of the first period and Dan Ellis — starting in place of struggling No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward — registered 33 saves to help the Hurricanes even their record at 3-3.

Carolina coach Kirk Muller might have a full-blown goalie controversy on his hands as a result. Ward is plodding along with a 1-3 record and .861 save percentage, while Ellis has won both his starts in impressive fashion.

He entered the game with the league's second-best save percentage (.963), just behind Anderson's .967.

There's little time for loyalty in a shortened season, so Stanley Cup winner Ward could soon find himself stapled to the bench.

The Senators, meanwhile, lost for the first time in three games after knocking off the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens earlier this week.