ANAHEIM – All night long in their battle with Ottawa, the Ducks were able to find quick payback after a Senators goal, but they finally ran out of answers in the shootout.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson put the Senators up in the tiebreaker, and Joffrey Lupul’s attempt to extend it went wide of the goal, as the Ducks lost 4-3 for their fifth straight defeat.
"We had a good game and some good chances," said Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. "I like the fact that every time they scored, we stood up and answered back right away. There are more positives than negatives."
Three times in regulation the Ducks reacted after Ottawa took the lead by getting a payback goal less than a minute later. The last time came early in the third period, after Filip Kuba put Ottawa up 3-2 on a shot from the slot just 1:04 into the session. But Corey Perry tied the game up with a goal just 50 seconds later, darting to the high slot before sending a backhander top shelf.
That would be the last of the scoring for either side for the rest of regulation and overtime. Ryan Getzlaf got the only conversion for the Ducks in the shootout, as Lupul and Perry (in the first round) came up empty.
"It’s hard to stay positive some times when things are not going your way," Giguere said. "The reality is we’re not that far off. We’re right there. It’s a turnover here, a bad goal here, one play in one game that makes a difference. We just have to make them go our way."
In a first period that saw four goals combined, the Ducks twice quickly erased Ottawa leads. Jarkko Ruutu put the Senators on the board 12:01 into it by batting the puck through off a James Wisniewski turnover, but Getzlaf got the Ducks even on an odd goal just 15 seconds later.
Getzlaf attempted to dump the puck from the left wing off the near wall from the red line, and it took a fortuitous kick off the glass toward the Ottawa net. Goalie Brian Elliott had already started toward the corner to play the puck, and couldn’t dive back in time to stop it from darting through.
Jason Spezza put the Sens back up with a rebound goal on a power play, but again the Ducks struck back fast. Just 31 seconds after that goal, Lupul took a drop pass from Getzlaf and wristed it through from the left wing circle. It was the third goal in the last two games for Lupul, in just his second game back after missing seven with back spasms.
But when he had the chance to give the Ducks new life in the shootout, he missed right of the net as the puck slammed against the glass.
"The shootout can go either way," Perry said. "It’s a tough thing. If you win, it’s an extra point, but if you lose you don’t gain that point. We have to come back, be ready for tomorrow’s practice and be ready for Tuesday."
The defeat came after four wins in a row for the Ducks over the Senators at Honda Center, dating back to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final in which the Ducks took three in their home arena on the way to the title. The Sens entered tonight's game having lost four in a row and seven straight on the road.
"It’s desperation for us right now," Perry said of a Ducks team that plays Tuesday at home against Dallas before heading out for four straight on the road. "We’re at the 30-game mark. We have to put something together and go on a run here or we’re going to be out of it pretty soon. Everybody has to come together and be a team in here. That is how we have to play."
Added Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, "It’s tough on everybody. You can’t live and die by every thing that goes against you. That is what the frustrating part is for your group. We battled back, had chances and then we don’t get it done in the shootout. We had our opportunities in the hockey game and didn’t get the job done. We lost a point in the shootout. These are the tough ones when you have to pick the group back up tomorrow morning and get ready for Dallas."
The Ducks have earned standings points in six of the last eight games 3-2-3. The club has also earned standings points in five the last six HOME contests (3-1-2) and in eight of the last 10 contests played at Honda Center (6-2-2).
Nine of the last 10 Ducks games (including the last five consecutive) have been tied at some point in the third period, with eight of them being one-goal decisions (final score) and another being a 3-1 loss @ Dallas with an empty-net goal.
Ryan Getzlaf recorded his second consecutive multi-point game tonight, recording 1-1=2. It was his ninth multi-point game of the season and 54th of his career. He has earned points in five of the last six games (2-7=9) and in 18 of the last 21 (6-26=32). Since November 1, Getzlaf leads the NHL in scoring (5-19=24) and co-leads in assists.
With 1-1=2 points tonight, Corey Perry extended his point streak at HOME to 15 consecutive games (7-14=21), which dates back to Oct. 21 vs. Dallas. He has points in 21 of the last 22 games overall (11-18=29). Perry also ranks tied for third in NHL scoring since Nov. 1 (7-14=21).
After missing seven games due to injury, Joffrey Lupul has returned to score three goals in the last two games (3-0=3). He recorded his 100th point as an Anaheim Duck tonight (50-50=100).
In his last six starts, J.S. Giguere has posted a 3-1-2 record with a .937 SV% (179-of-191 shots) and 2.00 GAA (360 MIN/12 GA) during that stretch.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,946.
Shootout ANA Joffrey Lupul's attempt is NO GOOD. Wrist shot goes wide. Ducks lose 4-3.
OTT Daniel Alfredsson's attempt is GOOD. Wrist shot under Giguere.
ANA Ryan Getzlaf's attempt is GOOD. He dekes to the backhand and sends it just past Elliott.
OTT Alex Kovalev's attempt is GOOD. He dekes to the backhand and beats Giguere.
ANA Corey Perry's attempt is NO GOOD. He shoots it wide.
Rocky II music as we get ready for the shootout. I like it.
5:00 - END OF OVERTIME - Shootout time.
4:40 - Perry gets the fans ready to leap out of their seats after weaving into the slot, but his shot hits nothing but glass.
3:30 - Perry looks like he might make something happen after intercepting the puck, but turns it over trying to get it to Koivu.
2:55 - Carrie Underwood's boyfriend fires from in deep, saved by Giguere.
0:45 - Giguere has an equipment issue, stopping the play as it goes away from him.
0:00 - The puck is dropped for OT.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - A flurry in front of the Anaheim net in the closing seconds makes things a little scary, but we're going to overtime.
18:18 - Nokelainen gets deep, but his shot is scooped up by Elliott.
16:50 - Perry is knocked over behind the Ottawa net and his skate gets Elliott oin the head, knocking his helmet off. Kind of an odd sight as Perry checks on Elliott as the puck goes the other way. After the whistle, Elliott looks a little shaken up, but he's okay.
16:00 - Koivu gets it from Ryan on the rush, and his shot from the slot is in the glove.
14:40 - Giguere bails the Ducks out with a couple of saves following a Wisniewski giveaway.
12:35 - Scott Niedermayer twice nabs the puck from Milan Michalek on two different possessions by manhandling him against the wall. Nicely done.
10:15 - Great touch pass by Sexton to Koivu, but it's fired just over the net.
9:45 - Perry slaloms into the slot and fires high -- saved.
6:43 - Marchant nearly pokes the puck under Elliott after a Beleskey shot. And Marchant wants a call as he's pushed off the puck.
6:11 - Sexton twice makes things happen in front, first firing a shot that Elliott sticks aside, then nearly getting one through traffic from the point. I like this kid.
1:54 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - For the third time in this game, the Ducks erase an Ottawa lead with a quick answer. Perry picks up the puck near the boards on the left wing, then swings to the high slot, where he fires a backhander top shelf. It's 3-3.
1:04 - OTTAWA GOAL - FILIP KUBA - The puck comes out of a crowd along the wall to Spezza, who sends it out of the corner to the high slot to Kuba. He snaps a shot past a drawn-out Giguere to give Ottawa the lead.
0:00 - Off and running in the third.
20:00 END OF PERIOD - It's an adventurous second, but neither team lights the lamp and we're still even at 2.
19:35 - Lupul tips a redirect in front of the net, just wide.
15:36 - After the Ducks escape the two-man advantage, Giguere does a nice job to hold his ground as three Sens poke at the puck in a crowd.
13:54 - ANA Penalty - Nick Boynton, 2 min. tripping. Boynton gets a stick on Alfredsson, who flops to the ice. Crowd not pleased with that one. Ducks face a 5 on 3.
13:42 - Mike Brown makes a great pass out of the Anaheim end up the ice to a guy wearing black. Unfortunately, it's a guy in black and white stripes, the official. And somehow, he doesn't accept the pass.
12:50 - ANA Penalty - Joffrey Lupul, 2 min. boarding. Lupul wipes out the Anaheim power play by slamming Volchenkov into the wall behind the Ottawa net.
12:40 - Sexton has it right in front off a Koivu pass, but is denied.
12:20 - Foligno escapes from the box and appears to be on a breakaway, but he's whistled offside. Getzlaf takes exception to him putting a soft shot on Giguere after the tweet.
11:44 - OTT Penalty - Matt Carkner, 2 min. king. Lupul makes the penalty happen by weaving between two Sens on his way to the net.
10:16 - OTT Penalty - Nick Foligno, 2 min. hooking. Koivu draws the penalty by threatening with a shot right in front.
7:20 - Ducks nearly get one again, as Lupul fires off a Getzlaf pass, than slaps the rebound off Elliott, then Getzlaf does the same.
4:40 - Ducks get close on a Boynton one-timer that Elliott kicks away, and Brown nearly gets in the rebound.
1:54 - Kill. Taco.
1:25 - A Ducks shorthanded rush, Brown leading it with Koivu to his left, is thwarted when former Duck Ryan Shannon slides to block a potential pass.
0:00 - Here we go in the second, the Ducks facing 1:54 of penalty kill time. That's Del Taco penalty kill time.
1st Period 20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Crazy period as the Ducks twice get quick equalizers after Ottawa goals. We're tied 2-2 after 1, but 1:54 of Sens power play time is carrying over to the second.
19:53 - ANA Penalty - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Niedermayer gets caught during a pressure moment around the Anaheim net.
It's trivia time, and a woman named Gerry is asked, before Corey Perry, who was the last NHL player to have a points streak of 19 games or more. She's given a choice of four players, looks around like a Price is Right contestant and loudly yells, "2!" In this case, "2" is Sidney Crosby, so she's right! Prizes included tickets to the John Wooden Classic, but one was a new CD from Five for Fighting. Appropriate for a hockey game.
15:48 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JOFFREY LUPUL - For the second time in the period, Getzlaf helps the Ducks strike back quickly. On the rush, he makes a gorgeous blind drop pass to Lupul in the left wing circle. Lupul fires it past Elliott to make it 2-2. It's the third goal in the last two games for Lupul, after missing seven with a back injury.
15:17 - OTTAWA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - Right after a save on a Kovalev shot, Giguere is still down as Alfreddson has the puck come to him and he takes a shot from the near slot. It hits off Giguere, but Spezza is right there to clean up the rebound.
14:20 - ANA Penalty - Todd Marchant, 2 min. tripping. Marchant takes down Mike Fisher (a.k.a. Carrie Underwood's boyfriend) in front of the Ottawa net.
13:07 - ANA Penalty - Joffrey Lupul, 2 min. cross checking.
12:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - The Ducks get a huge break when Getzlaf has nowhere to go with the puck on the left wing at the red line and decides to send it off the near boards. It takes a crazy kick right to the net, which Elliott has left open because he started to chase the puck. He can't dive back in time as it darts past him into the net. It's 1-1 as the crowd reacts with an almost bemused joy.
12:01 - OTTAWA GOAL - JARKKO RUUTU - Wisniewski has a bad turnover out of the corner behind the Anaheim net, sending the puck right to Ruutu. It kicks off him up into the air, where Ruutu bats it in. It's 1-0 Ottawa.
11:41 - In a pre-planned fight off the draw, George Parros and Matt Carkner put up their dukes, and it's over pretty fast after a couple punches when Carkner wrestles Parros down.
You ever go a long time without hearing a song and then hear it twice in one day? Today that song for me was "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani. Can't say I missed it all that much.
11:55 - Lupul almost punches in a fat rebound off a Boynton point shot.
8:30 - Sexton with Ryan and Koivu on the second line.
The Power Players have apparently gotten rid of the traditional Santa dresses in favor of Santa hats. I have to admit, I kind of miss the dresses.
6:49 - Mini scuffle after Giguere stops a Sens shot and then catches it out of midair while falling back.
5:50 - Mike Brown goes slamming into the glass in front of the penalty boxes, producing a surprisingly loud boom.
3:27 - Giguere stops and freezes a Milan Michalek shot from the corner. Michalek and Cheechoo are two former Sharks that the Ducks have battled many times, who came to Ottawa in the Heatley trade.
1:35 - The rookie Sexton slings a shot from the slot that Elliott gloves.
0:30 - Lupul starts on the top line with Perry and Getzlaf, just like he did in his first game back from injury, two nights ago in Minnesota. He had two goals in that game.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
5:07 p.m. - Christina Reyes, in her continuous quest to look different every time she's here, this time wears a Ducks jersey and large red Sally Jesse Raphael-like glasses while singing both anthems (I believe for the first time). No surprise, nice job with both. Starters in bold/italics. Scratches crossed out.