With two teams riding five-game losing streaks, something had to give tonight. Unfortunately for the Ducks, it was another somber result. Facing an Ottawa Senators team that entered tonight's game dead last in points, the Ducks couldn't generate anything offensively in a 4-0 loss at the Canadian Tire Centre.
It's not like the Ducks came out flat tonight. They showed energy and finished the first period with 17 shots on goal despite giving one up to Brady Tkachuk at the 7:23 mark of the opening frame. But shots on goal don't mean much if you can't finish them, and that was the case again tonight for the Ducks, who peppered Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson with 45 - a season high.
"Three periods, we didn't score a goal. Tough to win games that way," said defenseman Brandon Montour. "In the end, we're not going to win games not scoring any goals. Mistakes cost us. It's unacceptable. We need to figure it out right now."
The few chances the Senators had, they capitalized on. Matt Duchene chipped a backhander over John Gibson's shoulder with under two minutes remaining in the second period when he took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Ducks. Then in the third period, Mark Stone used a screen in front of Chad Johnson to give the Senators a plump three-goal lead. Johnson came on in relief of Gibson for the third period after Gibson was taken out by teammate Jaycob Megna on Duchene's goal. Duchene scored an empty-net goal in the final seconds of regulation to make it 4-0.
"They kept being aggressive and made the right plays," said Montour. "They capitalized on the little mistakes we were making. It's not going our way right now. It's a tough situation. Guys are trying to have a positive attitude."
The Ducks will finish off their road trip on Saturday morning in Philadelphia. (10 a.m. PT).