ANAHEIM (AP) – Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist, Anthony Stolarz made 34 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Friday.
Troy Terry had a power-play goal, and Isac Lundestrom and Derek Grant also scored to help the Ducks complete a three-game losing streak that followed an eight-game winning streak.
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“We had a good stretch where we play well and get results, and then we went away and we did not play our best, and of course we did not get the results we wanted either. So I think the focus “Getting home was getting back to what we were doing, which made us successful. Concern about us and not the opponent, and I thought we did a good job with that,” Grant said.
Stolarz got his fourth shutout of his career, and rookie center Trevor Zegras had two assists.
Anton Forsberg made 29 saves for the senators. They have lost four in a row and have only one win in their last 11 games.
“There’s no shortage of effort there today,” Ottawa coach DJ Smith said. “They try. They are frustrated that we do not score, and when you lose, you open it a little and you give up other chances.”
Rakell extended Anaheim’s lead to 4-0 at. 9:05 in the third period where he reached the edge of the paint to finish a clever pass sequence from Sonny Milano to Zegras to Rakell.
Rakell has two goals and two assists in a three-game series of points since returning from an upper body injury that kept him out for 10 games.
Terry brought the Ducks up 3-0 with 43 seconds left in the second, building speed before cutting to the right and putting a backhand shot between Forsberg’s legs. It was Terry’s fourth power-play goal and the 13th overall that accelerated the team in both categories.
Grant made it 2-0 with 9:32 to go into the second by scoring from the rush after Anaheim killed a penalty kick. Victor Mete tried to knock the loose puck away after Grant’s shot was stopped by Forsberg, but it hit Tyler Ennis and went it.
Ennis could do nothing but hang his head after the unintentional fork that came after he lost his footing in the neutral zone to allow Grant to run down the ice with the puck.
“I want to take as many of them as I can get,” said Grant, who had not scored in his first 17 games this season.
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The Ducks broke through with 3:17 left in the first on Lundestrom’s fourth goal from a one-hour in the low castle.
Anaheim were 1 or 3 on the powerplay and kept Ottawa at 0 for 4. The improvement on both units, which placed in the top eight in the NHL today, has been a major catalyst for the Ducks’ strong start. Coach Dallas Eakins credited the arrival of new assistant Mike Stothers for bringing a new attitude to special teams, especially on penalty kills.
“Every day is a desperate day for them,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “Our killers are very, very well prepared for everything that comes out there.”
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Ottawa was kept goalless for the third time in six games and has allowed 26 games in that time.
“We’re going to have to really reach deep,” Smith said. “It is clear that we are a fragile group. When we go on this trip and lose all three, guys are about to get back to health and we have to win just to feel good about ourselves. ”
REMARKS: Zegras has four assists in his last three games. … Milan have two goals and two assists in a three-game series of points. … Ducks F Adam Henrique returned to the ranks after sitting out in Colorado on Wednesday due to an upper body injury. … Senators G Matt Murray was a healthy scratch after allowing four goals on 27 shots in a 6-3 loss in Ottawa on Wednesday. Filip Gustavsson backed around Forsberg. … Senators D Josh Brown is expected to miss four to six weeks after sustaining a torso injury against Colorado on Monday.
Senators: In Los Angeles Saturday.
Ducks: Host Toronto on Sunday.
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