One of the most the impressive stats in his incredible start to the season shows that Craig Anderson still has yet to allow a goal in the final 40 minutes of a game.

"You guys can write stories about that all you want," the Senators netminder said of blanking opponents in the last two periods."

"At the end of the day, regardless of the score, regardless when they score my job is to give the opportunity for our team to win the game," Anderson said.

Of the seven the Senators netminder has allowed in seven games, all slipped behind him in first periods. After that intermission, he shuts the door.

But you know what they say: it's tough to win when your team puts up a goose egg.

The Senators lost their short-lived hold on first place in the Eastern Conference by falling 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night.

A crowd of 18,680 saw Ottawa miss attack leader Jason Spezza. The Senators generated 33 mostly routine shots at Hurricanes backup Dan Ellis, who was making only his seventh NHL start in two seasons.

His biggest save of the night came late in the third period, when he shot a glove out to deny Mika Zibanejad. It wasn't a difficult 33-save shutout for Ellis

Anderson stopped 35 while shining brightly for Ottawa again.

Eric Staal scored the only goal of the night.

"We could have made a better play at the blue line. We overchecked on he way back and allowed Semin to cut to the middle. When you allow that bad things are going to happen. For the most part we did a good job but he doesn't need a lot of time," said coach Paul MacLean.

Not even a different marquee could help the Senators at this place. The Senators are now 0-1 at PNC Arena after posting a miserable 12-24-4-1 record in the building before its name change in the summer.

The Senators wasted six minutes worth of power-play opportunities in the second period. Four of them, with Jamie McBain in the box after raking his stick just over Chris Neil's right eye, were embarrassing.