NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Anaheim
(Sunday, December 6th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Anaheim 3 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored the game-winner in the second round of the shootout, as the Ottawa Senators edged the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3, in a hard-fought battle at the Honda Center.
Alex Kovalev's backhander in the first round of the shootout gave the Senators an early edge. Ryan Getzlaf fired right back with a backhander of his own to deadlock the shootout at one. Alfredsson closed the second round out with a goal off a wrist shot. Down to their last shooter, Joffrey Lupul missed a wrister wide of the net for Anaheim.
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who snapped a four- game skid. Jarkko Ruutu and Filip Kuba each scored for Ottawa, which got 33 saves from Brian Elliott.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of resilience. All three times we scored, they scored the next shift. Sometimes that can be very deflating, but I liked our character. We had back to back games and this was the last game of a five- game road trip," said Ottawa coach Cory Clouston.
Getzlaf and Corey Perry had a goal and an assist apiece for the Ducks, who have lost five straight games for the first time since a six-game skid from January 20-February 2, 2008. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 26-of-29 shots in defeat.
"We got a big point. We need wins, but every point we get is going to be important in the end. It's a good stepping block. We had a good game and some good chances. I like the fact that every time they scored, we stood up and answered back right away. There are more positives than negatives," said Giguere.
The Senators drew first blood at the 12:01 mark of the first period. Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski attempted a clearing pass from behind his own net that kicked off Ruutu, who batted the disc past Giguere.
Anaheim tied things up just 15 seconds later on a crazy goal. Getzlaf had nowhere to go with the puck on the left wing and decided to send it off the near boards. The puck caromed right to the net, which Elliott left open because he started to chase the puck. Elliott watched the disc go into the empty net as he couldn't get back in time.
Ottawa went ahead 2-1 on Spezza's power-play goal with 4:43 remaining in the opening stanza. The Ducks fired right back again, with Lupul scoring just 31 seconds later to tie the contest at two.
Each team fired 11 shots on goal in a scoreless second frame.
Kuba scored just over a minute into the third to put the Sens ahead 3-2. Spezza slid a pass from behind the net to Kuba, whose slap shot from between the circles beat Giguere.
Once again, Anaheim responded in less than a minute. Perry controlled the puck at the right point before making a move to get open between the circles. His backhander found the upper right corner of the net just 50 ticks after Kuba's score.
Perry extended his point streak at home to 15 consecutive games (7-14=21), which dates back to October 21 vs. Dallas...The Sens finished a five-game road trip with a 1-3-1 mark...Ottawa snapped a seven-game skid on the road...The Senators are just 4-7-1 as the visiting team this year...The Ducks had a three-game winning streak in the series. Anaheim hadn't lost to the Senators since a 3-0 home setback on October 17, 2003.
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