(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Ottawa Senators in Wednesday's clash at Honda Center.
The Ducks were mired in a 1-4-1 slump from Feb. 6-18, but have rebounded with wins in three straight. The first two victories came on the road in Calgary and Edmonton before Anaheim rallied for Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit held a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes but Andrew Cogliano, Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored in a span of 3:40 in the third period for the Ducks. Anaheim was unable to hold the 3-2 advantage until the end of regulation, but would eventually win on Jakob Silfverberg's decisive tally in the shootout.
"In the third period when you're getting outplayed, you get that goal and you get some emotion in the game. We got that second one and third one, and I think we had a bad change on their tying goal. We got lucky and won it," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
In the second round, Silfverberg buried a wrister past the glove of Jimmy Howard, and the Ducks grabbed the win as Tomas Tatar missed his shot on Detroit's last chance.
John Gibson earned the win for the Ducks and turned aside 35 shots through OT.
Gibson could get the call again for the Pacific Division leaders. He has started six straight while regular No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen is dealing with a head injury. Ilya Bryzgalov was backing up Gibson before being waived Sunday and Jason LaBarbera was recalled to serve as the backup on Monday.
The Ducks, who hold a 10-point lead over Vancouver for the Pacific lead, tried to improve their club with a trade on Tuesday. Anaheim sent right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Jiri Sekac.
Smith-Pelly posted five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 54 games for the Ducks this season, while Sekac, a 22-year-old Czech, has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 50 games this season.
It's uncertain if Sekac will make his Ducks debut tonight when the team plays the middle test of a three-game homestand.
A former Duck will return to Anaheim for a second time this evening, as Bobby Ryan faces his old club for the fourth time overall since getting dealt to Ottawa in the summer of 2013.
Ryan, who reached the 30-goal mark four times with the Ducks, scored in his first trip back to Orange County on Oct. 13, 2013, potting his club's lone goal in a 4-1 loss. The winger has one goal and two assists in three meetings against his former club.
The Senators are nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but they have played well lately, winning two straight and three of their last four. Ryan helped Ottawa pick up its most recent win by notching the game- winner with his 15th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-1 home win over Florida.
Ryan gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, while Kyle Turris led the way for the offense with a goal and two assists. Erik Karlsson and Curtis Lazar also scored for Ottawa and Andrew Hammond made 21 saves for his second win in his second NHL start.
With goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner sidelined due to injury, Hammond will get the start again tonight.
Ottawa is just 10-13-5 and is beginning a five-game road trip tonight. The Sens have not fared well against the Ducks in recent years, but did halt a four-game slide in the series with a 6-2 rout in Ottawa on Dec. 19. Ryan posted two assists in that victory, which marked only the second win in the last nine meetings for the Senators.
Anaheim has won the last two encounters in Orange County and is 3-0-1 over the past four at Honda Center. The Ducks are 20-8-3 as the host this season.