By Adam Tenenbaum
The Anaheim Ducks concluded their long road trip as they faced off with the Ottawa Senators for the second and final meeting between the clubs this season. The Ducks won the first meeting at Honda Center 5-1 over the Senators. The Ducks sit at 39 points, good for second in the Pacific Division, while the Senators come in with 41 points, good for second in the Atlantic. The starting goaltenders for the contest were John Gibson for the Ducks and Mike Condon for Ottawa.
The opening period featured two scraps in what was otherwise largely a defensive battle between the two teams. The first scrap featured Jared Boll and Mark Borowiecki, as Boll went after Borowiecki following an open-ice hit on Logan Shaw. Later in the period, the two would drop the gloves this time and would both sit for five minutes for fighting. Following the fight, the Ducks would get the only power play chance of the period, as Dion Phaneuf was called for slashing. However, the Ducks failed to convert as the game remained scoreless. The score would remain the same as the Ducks and Sens were tied 0-0 after one period of play. Shots in the first were 6 to 5 in favor of Anaheim.
Early in the second, the Senators would get on the board, as Ryan Dzingel cashes in off a turnover to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Following the goal, Kevin Bieksa would take a seat in the box, as he was called for tripping. The Senators did not score on the extra man as they remained up just a goal. Later in the period, the Ducks would get the tying goal but after review, it was waived off due to goaltender interference. Then the Ducks would get a power play, as Mark Stone went to the box for hooking with 53 seconds left in the second. On the power play, Jakob Silfverberg would score as he was set up by a great pass from Corey Perry, as the Ducks tied up the game at one. The period would end just seconds later, as the game remained tied at one goal a piece. Shots in the second were 9 to 7 in favor of the Ducks.
In the third, the Ducks would get a four-minute power play, as former Duck, Bobby Ryan high-sticked Hampus Lindholm and drawing blood, as he was sent to the box on a double-minor. The Ducks, however, made little use of their power play chance, as the Senators killed it off as the game remained tied at one. The score would remain tied after three periods of play, as it would head to overtime tied at one. Shots in the third were 9 to 5 in favor of Anaheim.
In overtime, the Ducks controlled the first three minutes of play but the tide would change as Andrew Cogliano would be called for tripping, giving the Senators a power play. With the extra skater, Mike Hoffman would get the game winner, as the Senators picked up the extra point defeating the Ducks 2-1 in overtime.
The Ducks are 0-5 during the overtime session.
Anaheim is 17-12-6 just before the holiday break. Last season they were 12-15-6 at that point in time.
The Ducks are back next week on Tuesday, December 17 at home against the San Jose Sharks.
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December 23, 2016