NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Ottawa
(Friday, October 24th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Ottawa 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf's second-period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Anaheim Ducks survived a late surge from the Ottawa Senators to win 4-3 at Scotiabank Place.
Brian Sutherby, Todd Marchant and Samuel Pahlsson also scored for the Ducks, who were making their first trip to Ottawa since Game 4 of the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. They went on to capture the organization's first championship with a resounding 6-2 triumph in Game 5 in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller stopped 27-of-30 shots.
"I felt pretty good. I was happy to get the start and I was happy I could make a few big saves to help the team win the game," said Hiller.
Daniel Alfredsson, Alexandre Picard and Chris Neil lit the lamp for the Senators, who posted a dismal 1-4-0 record during their five-game homestand. Dany Heatley collected three assists and Filip Kuba had two helpers, extending his assist streak to seven games. Alex Auld allowed four goals on 32 shots.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the third period, Ottawa tallied three times in a 4:01 span. While on a five-on-three, Alfredsson ripped a one-timer from the top of the left circle past the Anaheim netminder at the 6:47 mark. The Senators remained on the power play and Picard scored just 37 seconds later, walking in from the right point and snapping a wrister over the glove of Hiller.
Moments later, Jason Spezza dished out from behind the goal to Neil between the circles and he deposited the puck in the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 4-3 with 9:12 remaining in regulation.
The Senators continued to pressure Hiller and pulled Auld in favor of an extra attacker in the final minute, but their valiant comeback came up short.
"It's a tough loss, but we have to look at it positively and see that we can play pretty good against a team that plays really well defensively," Alfredsson said. "We just have to get that mindset and play like that from the get go."
Sutherby scored first for the Ducks. Teemu Selanne, working hard on the forecheck, gathered a loose puck behind the net and fed a pass to Brad May, whose one-timer from the middle of the left faceoff circle was stopped by Auld. Sutherby, standing on the doorstep, then buried the rebound, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 10:32 of the first period.
The Ducks blew the game open with three goals in the second period.
Marchant put Anaheim up 2-0, scoring a fluky goal in the early stages of the middle stanza. Selanne harmlessly flipped the puck into the Ottawa zone. Senators veteran defenseman Jason Smith caught the disc and Marchant somehow managed to bat it out of his hand and past a stunned Auld 50 seconds into the second period.
"I saw Teemu flip it up in the air," said Marchant. "Then I saw Smith grab at it. I was right there, so I took a whack at it. At first, I had no idea it went in. It was just a fluke, but sometimes that's just the kind of thing you need to have happen if you want to win some games."
After Pahlsson, playing in his 500th career game, stretched the Ducks' advantage to three at 7:45, Getzlaf potted his first goal of the season, a power-play marker, to make it 4-0. Chris Kunitz wheeled the puck around the boards to Corey Perry positioned behind the net. Perry then quickly whipped a pass to the slot for Getzlaf and he beat Auld on the glove side with 9:03 to play in the frame.
Kuba (10 assists) is the only Senator to record a point in all seven of Ottawa's games this season...The Senators finished 2-for-7 on the power play, while Anaheim converted once on three opportunities.
10/24 23:45:07 ET