NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Ottawa
(Thursday, January 19th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Kunitz scored the lone shootout goal, as Anaheim beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, at Scotiabank Place.
Kunitz also scored in regulation, while Teemu Selanne and Todd Marchant also tallied for the Mighty Ducks, who won for just the second time in their last six games.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots and made a glove save on rookie Patrick Eaves's attempt to end the shootout, as the Ducks beat Ottawa for only the second time in the last 10 meetings.
"It felt good especially on the road against the Senators, who are a good team," Giguere said. "Even when we were down 2-0 we never quit and we showed a lot of character."
Dominik Hasek made 36 saves for Ottawa, while Dany Heatley, Eaves and Bryan Smolinski scored for the Senators. Ottawa had its two-game winning streak broken.
"I think that the way that we played for the first 40 minutes, we are happy to have a point," Hasek said. "We were lucky to come back because we did not have many chances."
Kunitz went first in the shootout and lifted a backhander over Hasek. Giguere then stopped Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Eaves to preserve Anaheim's victory.
The Senators bolted to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Smolinski scored on the power play on a shot from the left boards at the 2:22 mark, and Eaves put the puck in the net at 15:44 on a wrister from the left circle.
Kunitz scored on a two-man advantage 24 seconds into the second and the Ducks went ahead with two goals in a span of 1:59 later in the period.
Selanne took advantage of a turnover in the Ottawa zone and snapped a shot in the slot past Hasek. It became 3-2 at the 10:01 mark on Marchant's seventh goal of the season. Hasek stopped Vitaly Vishnevski's shot from above the left circle, but Marchant got the rebound in the slot and backhanded it over the fallen netminder.
The Senators tied the game shorthanded with 2:28 left in regulation on Heatley's 30th of the season on a rebound.
Ottawa's Brian McGrattan and Anaheim's Todd Fedoruk were involved in a long fight in the opening period with each player connecting on haymakers...The attendance of 19,387 was the 18th sellout for the Senators, tying a franchise record...The Ducks are 2-4 in shootout games, while Ottawa is 2-3...Ottawa center Jason Spezza returned after missing 12 of 13 games with a strained chest muscle.
01/20 01:33:59 ET