Craig Anderson held the Senators in the game early, then won it for them late Tuesday at RBC Center.

In between, the young Senators learned a lesson: To beat the Hurricanes, they discovered, it's imperative to play a full 60 minutes.

A 3-2 shootout decision gave the Senators their third win a row and, for the early-season standings-gazers, moved them past Boston into third place in the Northeast Division with a 4-5-0 record.

"It's a 60- or 65-minute game in this league every night," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "We have to make sure we play the whole game. We just had to keep our wits about us."