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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Anaheim



(Monday, March 3rd)

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Ottawa 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away 24 shots to guide the Anaheim Ducks past the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Finals at the Honda Center.

This was the first meeting between the clubs since the Ducks defeated the Senators in five games to capture the franchise's first-ever championship last season. Anaheim won all three of its home games in the final round against Ottawa.

That trend continued on Monday, thanks to Giguere's efforts as well as a goal and an assist each from Scott Niedermayer and Corey Perry.

Todd Bertuzzi also scored for the Ducks, who have won six in a row and 11 of 12. Anaheim has been sparked by the return of Teemu Selanne, as the club is 11-1-0 since the forward decided to hold off retirement and rejoin the Ducks late in the season.

The Ducks have climbed to within four points of idle Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division.

"We want to be strong at home before the playoffs come," said Giguere. "It's important to make a statement right now. As of late, we've been playing really well at home. Especially going on the road for the next two games, we wanted to finish this homestand on the right foot and I thought we did that tonight."

Christoph Schubert scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has dropped four of five. Martin Gerber made 28 saves in a losing effort.

"There wasn't much called, that's for sure," said Ottawa's Wade Redden. "There was a lot of battling. (Daniel) Alfredsson gets cross-checked in the back and nothing is called. There is nothing we can do about the refs. Even my penalty I was just kind of whacking at the puck and the guy dropped his stick and it's a penalty. Some are non-calls and some are calls. You just have to live with what they are doing out there."

Anaheim opened up the scoring 11:58 into the contest, as Bertuzzi unleashed a one-timer from the left circle that beat Gerber stick-side.

The Ducks struck on the power play just over three minutes later. Niedermayer got control of the puck at the point and fired a shot that was deflected in front by Perry before finding the back of the cage.

Ottawa struck back just 35 ticks later on Schubert's tally from the point to cut the deficit in half.

The goalies took over from there, with Giguere and Gerber stonewalling the opposition to keep the score at 2-1 through the second and much of the third.

Anaheim, however, broke the scoring drought midway through the final stanza thanks to a 5-on-3 advantage. With Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza both in the penalty box, Niedermayer got the disc in the right circle off a feed from Mathieu Schneider and one-timed it home to help ice the game.

Game Notes

The Senators began a four-game road trip Monday. They have lost six of their last seven as the visiting club. Ottawa is 17-12-3 overall on the road this year...Anaheim was 2-for-6 with the man-advantage. Ottawa went 0-for-4.

03/04 01:51:57 ET


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