ANAHEIM - Something had to give in a matchup between two clubs mired in season-worst slumps, and unfortunately it was the Ducks whose losing streak lived on tonight.
Anaheim earned a point in a 2-1 overtime defeat to the reeling Ottawa Senators, extending the Ducks' confounding losing streak to nine games. It was just the third time in NHL history that two teams with eight-game losing streaks faced each other, and the Sens snapped theirs with a tying goal midway through the third period and the winner relatively early in overtime.
A minute and a half into OT, the Ducks got caught on a change, allowing Ottawa a 2-on-1 rush in which Colin White dumped a Mark Stone feed into an open net to win it.
The Ducks, who have scored just 12 goals during their losing streak, once again had trouble generating scoring chances despite 33 shots on Ottawa goalie Anders Nilsson. Anaheim also had Rickard Rakell back in the lineup after he missed 13 games with an ankle injury. It didn't have enough of an impact against an Ottawa team that ranks last in the NHL in goals against and came into tonight with a 4-14-1 road record.
"Even tonight, we had some pretty good looks, but it's a matter of getting the first one out of the way," said Jakob Silfverberg, who had Anaheim's only goal. "Get the whole team going from there. Right now we're playing at the end of our sticks, and our shots might not be as well-placed as before. It's definitely something we're working on. We talk about it every day, and we try to improve on it."
Anaheim got its only goal 8:52 into the game when Brandon Montour made a nice drop pass to Silfverberg, who tucked a snap shot inside the near post. His 11th goal on the season tied him for the team lead.
Video: OTT@ANA: Silfverberg fires one-timer past Nilsson
The Ducks had a chance to increase the lead just before the horn at the end of the second period, but Nilsson made a lunging save in a crowd around the Ottawa crease.
"In the offensive zone, we're standing still," Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said. "If you look at the high-scoring teams in the league, it feels like they have guys flying everywhere. They involve the D a lot and have forwards coming up. It's hard defending teams with guys always on the move. A lot of times, we get stagnant. We need to find ways to get through."
Anaheim held the lead until 10:37 remained in the third, when former Duck Bobby Ryan chipped a floating puck over John Gibson's leg pad to tie it 1-1.
The Ducks will once again look to snap the streak Friday night vs. Pittsburgh at Honda Center, the end of a six-game homestand that hasn't been friendly to Anaheim so far.
"You can't change what happened tonight, so you do your best to prepare," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "You turn the page on what just happened. These are the difficult ones to turn the page on. You can't carry this forward too long. You have to be able to flush this. We have a real good hockey team coming in on Friday in Pittsburgh. We know what they can do. It's about preparing ourselves for the next one."