Hoffman scores 2, Senators beat Ducks 6-2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris seem to have found their scoring touch again, and that's good news for the Ottawa Senators.
Hoffman had one goal in his last 15 games before scoring twice Friday night to lead the Senators in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Turris, who had just two goals in his previous 10 outings - both on Wednesday - added a goal and an assist Friday as Ottawa recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early November.
''It's something that comes and goes over an 82-game season and you just try to take advantage of when it's coming,'' Turris said of his flurry of goal.
''I feel like we've been playing better and playing with more pace and better through the neutral zone and I think we showed that.''
Erik Karlsson had two assists and Milan Michalek, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Senators (14-12-6).
Craig Anderson made 32 saves to record his second straight win.
The Ducks (22-8-5) got two goals from Ryan Getzlaf in a span of 2 minutes, 33 seconds over the second and third periods. Anaheim lost for the second time in three games.
After scoring late in the second period, Getzlaf netted another at 1:49 of the third to quickly cut the Senators' lead to 4-2, making for some anxious moments for the home side.
Hoffman gave the Senators some breathing room with a goal at 5:50 of the final period.
''You want to be scoring goals and it does feel good when it happens, but it's the National Hockey League and you're not going to score every night,'' said Hoffman, who had his third two-goal game of the season. ''You have to be patient and wait for your chances and capitalize when they come.''
Zibanejad restored the four-goal cushion with his goal at 16:32.
''It didn't look like we had a lot of energy,'' Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
''I'm not finding too many positive things,'' he said. ''I could do that and use cliches and excuses, but the last time we were in a back-to-back (situation) it was our best game of the year in Winnipeg. It was just not a great effort all the way around.''
Turris gave Ottawa a 3-0 lead with a short-handed goal, crossing the Ducks' blue line and cutting through three defenders to put a shot over Bryzgalov's shoulder at 16:18 of the second.
Hoffman intercepted a clearing pass inside the Ducks' line 42 second later and put a quick shot past Bryzgalov for his first goal in eight games.
Getzlaf crashed the net and chipped a bouncing puck over Anderson at 19:16.
''We didn't show up in the first period and we didn't give ourselves much of a chance,'' Getzlaf said. ''We were missing passes, we were not crisp, we weren't fore-checking and the list goes on. They outplayed us throughout most of the game and I'm not taking anything away from them. They played well and they executed in their system.
The Senators got a power play just 32 seconds into the game as Lovejoy was called for holding. Michalek made him pay with a goal off a cross-ice slap pass from Karlsson with 29 seconds left in the man advantage.
Stone gave the Senators a 2-0 lead when he converted the rebound of Mark Borowiecki's point shot at 8:21 of the first.
NOTES: Patrick Wiercioch was the lone scratch for the Senators while Devante Smith-Pelly and Hampus Lindholm were scratched for the Ducks. ... The win was the first for the Senators over the Ducks on home ice since Game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final and their first regular season win at home against Anaheim since January 2003. As a team the Senators went 107 minutes, 55 seconds without allowing a goal before Getzlaf's second-period goal. ... Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano is the NHL's active ironman leader having played in 575 straight games.