Hurricanes’ losing streak hits 3 games with loss in Ottawa

Carolina remains one point ahead of New Jersey for first place in the Metropolitan Division

Hurricanes center Jack Drury and Senators defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker crash into Ottawa goaltender Mads Sogaard during the Senators’ 3-2 win Monday in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario — Senators forward Claude Giroux joined an illustrious group Monday night with a pair of goals and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes to reach 1,000 career NHL points.

Giroux became the 96th player to achieve the milestone.

The 35-year-old entered the game needing two points to hit the momentous marker and took less than one period to make it happen.

Giroux picked up point 999 with his 33rd goal of the season just after the five-minute mark and number 1,000 came on an assist when he set up Tim Stutzle with under three minutes remaining in the period.

Captain Brady Tkachuk had a secondary assist on the play and motioned to his teammates to join him on the ice to celebrate the moment.

Giroux scored his second of the night midway through the third to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead, and the win, tying his career-high of 34 set in 2017-18.

Mads Sogaard saved 27 to ensure the victory.

The Hurricanes hold a one-point lead on the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan Division, but it appears it will come down to the final two games of the season. Both teams close out the season with games Tuesday and Thursday.

Trailing 2-1 to start the third, Hurricanes’ defenseman Brent Burns tied the game with a power play goal.

Carolina had a two-man advantage for 45 seconds midway through the period, but failed to capitalize. With time remaining in the second power play Stefan Noesen took a goaltender interference penalty and was given an additional unsportsmanlike penalty.

Giroux went on to give the Senators the lead scoring four-on-four.

The Hurricanes host Detroit on Tuesday night in their regular season home finale.