Getzlaf, second-period outburst lift Ducks

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OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Ryan Getzlaf finally made his presence felt

as the Anaheim Ducks started their first winning streak of the


Getzlaf scored his first goal of the campaign to cap a

second-period outburst and the Ducks held on for a 4-3 victory

over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

The Ducks (3-5-0) also improved to 2-0-0 on a four-game road

trip, which will take them to Montreal on Saturday and Columbus

on Monday.

"Every win is big for us right now," Getzlaf said. "We've

earned two tough road wins on this trip so far, so we'll just

keep going and get as many more as we can before we head back


Todd Marchant and Samuel Pahlsson added goals in the second

session after Brian Sutherby tallied in the first for Anaheim,

which has won two straight and three of four after dropping its

first four games of the season.

Dany Heatley notched three assists for the Senators, who rallied

behind power-play goals in the third by captain Daniel

Alfredsson and defenseman Alexandre Picard.

"You knew they were going to come with some form of a charge,"

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's what good teams do

and proud teams do. You know that sitting on a 4-0 lead, one

penalty and one power play can turn the momentum, and that's

what it did tonight.

"We haven't played to the level that's required. Tonight, we

found a way to put some pucks in the net, so we'll take it even

though we made it tight. It seems we have a knack for making it


Tough guy Chris Neil cut the deficit to one midway through the

final period. Jason Spezza, who has six points in his last four

contests, gained possession behind the net and fired a pass to

Neil, who buried it from the doorstep for his first goal of the


"It's a tough loss, but we have to look at it positively and see

that we can play pretty darn good against a team that played

really well defensively," Alfredsson said. "We just have to get

that mind set and play it from the get-go.

"We've shown we can play periods of really good hockey, and it's

frustrating when we can't get wins out of it. The way we start

has been hurting us, and we have to get past that and come out


Giving starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere a rest, Jonas

Hiller made 27 saves for the Ducks.

"Jonas stood on his head for the first two periods," Getzlaf

said. "It could have easily been a close hockey game throughout

those two periods, but he made a couple of key saves, and that's

what you need out of your goaltender."

"We played good for the first two periods," Hiller said. "We

were lucky on a couple of goals and kind of left our game in the

third. We're happy about the win, but we'll definitely have to

talk about it and see if we can prevent that kind of thing from

happening again."

Sutherby got Anaheim on the board with 9:28 left in the first,

banking the rebound of Brad May's initial attempt past netminder

Alex Auld, who held the Ducks at bay before their outburst in

the second.

Marchant began the rally just 50 seconds into the session with a

bizarre goal.

"I don't even know how that one went in," Carlyle said. "I

guess it surprised Auld. It sure surprised us."

Marchant batted the puck out of mid-air as Ottawa defenseman

Jason Smith attempted to drop it to the ice after gloving it

down. Caught completely by surprise, Auld did not move as

Marchant's attempt flew past him on the glove side.

"I don't know what I can say," Marchant said. "I saw Teemu

(Selanne) flip it up in the air, and then I saw Jason go and

grab it, and I happened to be right there, so I took a whack at

it. At first, I had no idea it went in. It's just a fluke, and

sometimes those are the kinds of things you need to have happen

when you're trying to get out of a funk like we've been in."

Pahlsson netted his second of the season at 7:45, taking a loose

puck in traffic and firing a wrister past Auld to extend the

Ducks' bulge to 3-0. Getzlaf then struck from between the

circles after receiving a pass from behind the net by Corey


Held out of the lineup in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the

Toronto Maple Leafs with a gum infection, the 23-year-old

Getzlaf led Anaheim in scoring with 82 points last season but

had notched just one assist in six contests entering this one.

Auld turned aside 28 shots but failed to improve upon his spotty

history against Anaheim. He entered with a 2-5-0 lifetime

record and 4.32 goals-against average against the Ducks,

allowing four or more goals in five of his previous six starts

vs. the club while playing with three different teams.

The Senators (2-4-1) have been unable to reverse their

early-season struggles, suffering their third straight loss and

fourth in five games.

"We lost the game," Spezza said. "That's the bottom line. We

really poured it on in the second and third periods with a lot

of chances and a lot of shots, but we just seem to come up

short. We're not happy. We show flashes and we know what we're

capable of, but until we're consistent and until we're winning

games, we can't be happy.

"When we get going, we know we can play with anybody, so we just

have to keep going and try to play better, and hopefully, we'll

get out of this."

Selanne registered an assist after posting just one point in the

first seven games.



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