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Ottawa at Anaheim

Ducks win 'rematch' of 2007 Cup Finals against Senators

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The rematch was similar to the Stanley Cup Finals: mostly all Ducks.

Corey Perry and Scott Niedermayer each had a goal and an assist, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and defending champion Anaheim beat slumping Ottawa 3-1 on Monday night.

The Cup finalists recently have been heading in different directions. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Ducks, while the slumping Senators have won only nine of their past 24.

Giguere, who notched his third consecutive 30-victory season, likes the way the Ducks are playing.

"`We're really coming together as a team," he said. "Everything is working well right now. There's a long way to go before the playoffs, but we're going the right way."

Giguere (30-16-5) has had a lot to do with that. With five consecutive victories, he's one shy of tying his career best set in January-February 2002.

He's 9-1-1 in his past 11 starts, posting a 1.26 goals-against average and .950 save percentage during that span.

Like the Ducks, he seems to be peaking at a good time.

"He made some huge saves again tonight," Niedermayer said. "He's making big saves. You need that in this league, and he's giving us that right now."

Todd Bertuzzi had the other Anaheim goal in the only regular-season meeting between the teams this season. Christoph Schubert scored for Ottawa in the first period after the Senators had fallen behind 2-0.

Niedermayer capped the scoring midway through the third period on a 5-on-3 power play, with a two-minute minor called on Ottawa coach Bryan Murray for jawing at the officials costing the Senators one skater during the power play. He later was ejected for yelling at them again.

The Ducks won the Cup in five games last June, wrapping up their first NHL title with a 6-2 victory on June 6 in Anaheim.

The current winning streak matches the Ducks' season high. They are 23-8-3 since Niedermayer returned, and 11-1 since right wing Teemu Selanne rejoined them. Both sat out part of the season while deciding whether to retire.

Former Anaheim coach and general manager Murray, back in the arena as the Ottawa GM and coach, drew a game misconduct at 13:01 and was tossed for yelling at officials a second time. He obviously thought the Senators weren't getting their share of the calls, but said afterward he was sorry.

"I talked to the referees during the game and I took a bad penalty," Murray said. "I apologized to them (his players). I put them in a bad spot. It was a 2-1 game and we had a chance to win.

"I took a second penalty and cost them the game. I should never do that and it won't happen again."

Murray took over the coach's duties after firing John Paddock on Feb. 27. Ottawa is 1-2 since he moved back behind the bench.

Senators defenseman Wade Redden believes the team is going to bounce back under Murray, who was at the helm last season when the Sens made their first Cup Finals.

"We've come out a lot better, had a much better effort the last three games when he's been behind the bench," Redden said. "We just need to keep going that way and get our wins.

"Good things will happen if we keep working hard."

Coach Randy Carlyle was behind the Anaheim bench after sitting out a game Friday, a 3-1 victory against Calgary, because of the flu.

Niedermayer, who assisted on Perry's goal, capped the scoring with a slap shot from the right circle on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period. The goal was the sixth for the Anaheim defenseman.

Thirty-five seconds after Perry gave Anaheim their two-goal lead in the opening period, Schubert narrowed the gap. The Ottawa defenseman beat a screened Giguere with a slap shot from near the blue line at 15:35 for his sixth goal.

Perry got his 29th goal on a power play. In good position in front of the crease, he redirected Niedermayer's shot past Martin Gerber. Bertuzzi put Anaheim ahead to stay when he scored from the left circle at 11:58 of the first, his 13th goal.

Gerber, who had been Giguere's backup for two seasons in Anaheim, faced 31 shots.

Notes

  • Anaheim has gone 21-for-22 on the penalty kill in the past five games and allowed only two power-play goals in the past six (23-for-25).
  • Ducks C Doug Weight, back after sitting out eight games with a shoulder injury, assisted on Perry's goal.
  • Anaheim C Todd Marchant also played after being sidelined by a sore shoulder for three games.
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Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes one of his nine saves in the third period.  (US Presswire)
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes one of his nine saves in the third period. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Ottawa (37-24-6)1001
Anaheim  (38-23-7) «2013
Three Stars
J. Giguere
ANA


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960
S. Niedermayer
ANA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:58Todd Bertuzzi (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry
15:00Power Play - Corey Perry (29), Snap Shot. Assist: Scott Niedermayer, Doug Weight
15:35Christoph Schubert (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
09:59Power Play - Scott Niedermayer (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Mathieu Schneider, Ryan Getzlaf
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:03Redden, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
11:50Bergeron, 2 min, High-Sticking
15:50Schneider, 2 min, Tripping
19:27Kelly, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
09:12Fisher, 2 min, High-Sticking
09:12Spezza, 2 min, Bench - Abuse of Officials
13:20Bertuzzi, 2 min, Roughing
15:40Robitaille, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
15:40Robitaille, 2 min, Slashing
18:09Perry, 2 min, Slashing
19:44Beauchemin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
19:44Heatley, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa313925
Anaheim8101331
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Gerber59:09283
Jean-Sebastien Giguere60:00241
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Ottawa0-for-0
Anaheim2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 17174
Referees - Wes McCauley, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
 
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