Senators forward Mark Stone thought his club could have done more to make Corey Schneider earn his shutout.
Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Schneider made 36 saves as the New Jersey Devils went into Ottawa Wednesday and blanked the Senators 3-0.
With the exception of a short-handed, empty-net goal by Lee Stempniak with 16 seconds to play, there was no scoring in the final two periods. The Senators certainly had their chances though, outshooting the Devils 28-11 over that span, and 36-21 overall.
"It's tough, but I thought we played a pretty decent game," said Stone.
"We got a lot of pucks to the net but we didn't get a lot of traffic to the net. [Schneider] didn't have to make enough high quality saves."
It was the seventh loss in the last 10 games for the Senators (18-14-6), who got an 18-save performance from Andrew Hammond.
Hammond lost for the third straight time in regulation for the first time in his young career.
The Devils (19-14-5) jumped one point ahead of the Senators and into the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
"Led by Cory it was a good, strong team win. We were able to score two goals and played well enough to get it done," said Devils coach John Hynes.
"We got off to a good start which is what we wanted to do. We knew coming in this was one of the top-five offensive teams in the league in goals scored, so I thought our net front defence was good."
There was some flying in the first period as Chris Neil left his feet while taking a run at Sergey Kalinin, giving the Devils their third power play in the first half of the first period.
They were unsuccessful on that opportunity, but Cammalleri did open the scoring on their second power play as he rushed down the right side and beat Hammond on the short side off the post at 9:11 with Kyle Turris in the penalty box for holding.
Cammalleri scored his second of the period in almost the same spot when he turned and one-timed a turnover just between the post and Hammond's arm at 18:08.
"I've got to make those saves, especially the way the game went, I've got to be better on those," said Hammond.
The Senators started the second period on the power play for 45 seconds and had two additional power plays during the period, including one from an embellishment penalty to the Devils Bobby Farnham, who flew through the air and then slid several feet clutching his knee trying to draw a penalty against Senators captain Erik Karlsson.
"I don't think that was a fair call to be honest, but you just have to take your medicine and the team did a good job killing it off," said Farnham, who also had a first period fight with Max McCormick.
"Any time you put your team down it's disappointing but the ref saw it how he saw it. I know better than anyone what happened on that play and whether there was any penalty on the play I was just trying to avoid contact."
Then Senators are now off until Sunday when they will open a brief two-game road trip in Chicago. The Devils return home to face Dallas on Saturday.