Hiller, Perry lead Ducks over Senators 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jonas Hiller made 31 saves, Corey Perry scored, and Lubomir Visnovsky was credited with a goal that Ottawa's Erik Karlsson knocked into his own net during the Anaheim Ducks' 2-1 victory over the Senators on Saturday.
The Ducks (17-22-7) are 7-0-1 in their last eight and 10-9-3 since Bruce Boudreau took over for fired coach Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30.
Craig Anderson made 27 saves for the Senators, who got their only goal at 8:51 of the third period. Chris Neil, playing in his 700th NHL regular-season game, converted his own rebound after Nick Foligno set him up from behind the net.
Ottawa, which lost for the third time in 13 games, had earned at least one point in a club-record, 11 straight road games.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the second period when Bobby Ryan beat Ottawa defenseman Filip Kuba to a loose puck in the left corner right off a faceoff and fed Perry in front for a short backhander. It was the 22nd goal for Perry, the same total he had through 46 games last season when he lead the NHL with 50.
Niklas Hagman started the play that led to Anaheim's second goal when he carried the puck behind the net and fed it to Visnovsky at the top of the right circle. Anderson made a sprawling save on Visnovsky's snap shot, but the rebound fluttered high in the air. Karlsson tried to bat it, but it bounced off Anderson's left shoulder and into the net at 17:00 of the second.
NOTES: Anaheim LW Mark Bell, who was suspended for the first 15 games of the 2008-09 season because of an alcohol-related arrest, played in his first NHL game since April 5, 2008. The Ducks signed Bell as a free agent in July. ... Anaheim LW Matt Beleskey was scratched because of a swollen right hand after blocking a shot in Wednesday's win over Phoenix. ... The Ducks have won four of five meetings with the Senators since beating them in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals. ... The Senators haven't allowed more than two goals in their last seven games, and have killed off all 20 opponents' power plays during that stretch. ... Ottawa coach Paul MacLean was an assistant coach with the Ducks under Mike Babcock when they made it to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals.