Ducks cut Senators’ comeback attempt short

Ottawa’s record-setting streak of 11 straight road games with at least a point came to end in the same place their Stanley Cup dreams died five years ago.

Ducks cut Senators’ comeback attempt short
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, California — The Ottawa Senators’ record-setting streak of 11 consecutive road games with at least a point came to end at the same place their Stanley Cup dreams died five years ago.

The Anaheim Ducks did what not many teams have been able to do lately. They took a 2-0 lead and held on for a 2-1 victory against the Senators on Saturday.

Chris Neil, in his 700th NHL game, scored the only goal for Ottawa (27-17-6), while Corey Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for Anaheim (17-22-7).

The goal was little consolation to Neil.

“You can’t just expect to play 20 minutes in the third and win a hockey game,” he said. “We gave it our best effort, but came up short (Saturday).

“Obviously we have the rest of the night to think about it, but we’ll go over what we did wrong and be ready for Monday (against the Los Angeles Kings).”

Senators netminder Craig Anderson faced 29 shots, while the Ducks’ Jonas Hillier faced 32.

For Senators coach Paul MacLean, the game wasn’t as fast as he would have liked, but the Ducks were in part responsible for that, he said. They also did an all-star job of blocking shots, 22 in all.

“It seemed like there was six goaltenders out there at times,” MacLean said.

However, MacLean was incensed that the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t penalized when he tripped Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson in the closing minutes and that referee Dan ORourke explained he wasn’t making the call because Karlsson was a diver.

“The referee informed us that (Karlsson) was a diver,” MacLean said. “We were a little bit disappointed.

“Erik Karlsson leads the league in points by a defenceman, he’s an elite skater in the league, and, to this point in time, I can never remember him taking a dive.

“If it’s not a penalty, it’s not a penalty, but I don’t think you should be accusing someone of being a diver. That’s a pretty serious accusation, isn’t it?”

After a scoreless first period, the Ducks opened a 2-0 lead in the second.

Perry got the first at 6:15 after Getzlaf won a faceoff and got the puck to Bobby Ryan. Ryan skated below the goal line and passed to Perry, who was all alone in front of Anderson.

The second came through some bad luck for Ottawa.

Karlsson swiped his stick at a puck that was floating just above Anderson in an attempt to clear it, but he only caught a bit of the puck, so it rolled off Anderson’s and back into the net.

“A good play gone bad,” Anderson said.

The Ducks could scarcely believe their good luck. Karlsson couldn’t believe his bad luck.

“I tried to bat it out of the air,” he said.

“It was actually going wide. but it hit (Anderson) when he was falling backwards and went in. Just bad luck. Not much you can do.”

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GAME FILE

WHY THEY LOST:This time they couldn’t fight back from a 2-0 deficit. Also, the Ducks blocked 22 shots. The Senators didn’t really play their game until the third but the Ducks held on.

STUD: Francois Beauchemin. He played 26:50, the most on either team, had three shots on goal, and blocked nine. He was more important than either Anaheim goal scorer.

DUD: Referee Dan O’Rourke. After calling Erik Condra for a questionable trip on Teemu Selanne, he didn’t call Ryan Getzalf for tripping Erik Karlsson and explained to coach Paul MacLean that Karlsson is a diver. Huh?

BACK IN THE NHL: Former 67 Mark Bell was recalled by the Ducks and played his first NHL game since the 2007-08 season, but he didn’t have a lot to show for it. He played only 4:45, tied with George Parros for the least amount of ice time on either team. He also didn’t have a shot on goal.

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