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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Cody Ceci scored a second-period goal and the Ottawa Senators downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 before a crowd of more than 50,000 people Sunday in the Heritage Classic.

The Senators posted their first win in three games and kept pace in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks suffered their ninth loss in 10 games and remained on the bubble in their quest for eighth in the Western Conference.

Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson and Colin Greening, into an empty-net with 1:33 left in the game, also scored for Ottawa.

Ceci put the Senators ahead 3-2 midway through the second. He took a pass from Jason Spezza and fired home a shot from right wing during a 3-on-2 break.

Ottawa overcame an early 2-0 first-period deficit with four unanswered goals.


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