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Too many turnovers costs the Senators in 2-1 loss to the Ducks

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Too many turnovers costs the Senators in 2-1 loss to the Ducks

OTTAWA - The Anaheim Ducks earned their first victory on their current eight-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Friday night.

Patrick Maroon and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks (8-3-0) as Frederik Andersen made 26 saves.

Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators (4-4-2). Craig Anderson stopped 26 shots in defeat.

Despite coming off a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night, Anaheim, which was playing its third game its road trip, was clearly the better team, especially early on.

The Senators best period was the third, but Andersen stopped all 12 shots he faced.

For his part Anderson made a couple of great saves late in the third to give the Senators a chance in the final minute with the extra man, but Ottawa was unable to beat Anaheim.

Maroon opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the first period when he took a pass from Corey Perry and beat Anderson with a wrist shot.

A communication breakdown between defenceman Erik Karlsson and Anderson led to the Ducks second goal. Karlsson took the puck behind Ottawa's net but mishandled it, allowing Perry to grab it and put it out front where once again Karlsson struggled to clear it. Eventually Getzlaf jumped on the puck and buried it.

The Senators cut the lead in half midway through the second on Zibanejad's power-play goal, which came as a result of some great work by Cory Conacher, who took a beating in the crease to create a screen.

Ottawa then took three straight minor penalties. It's only saving grace was the fact the Ducks power play has struggled of late.

The Senators had a great opportunity to tie the game early in the third with the man advantage, but Clarke MacArthur, who is still looking for his first of the season, wasn't able to bury a loose puck.

This was the second and final meeting between the two teams this season.

Notes: D Jared Cowen played his 100th NHL career game. C Jean-Gabriel Pageau, LW Matt Kassian and D Patrick Wiercioch were a healthy scratch for the Senators… Anaheim's RW Teemu Selanne, RW Dustin Penner (concussion, out indefinitely) and D Mark Fistric did not play.

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