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Ducks blitz Senators on Throwback Night

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM - So much for reminiscing about the past and the return of Bobby Ryan. The Anaheim Ducks were too busy making history and showcasing their newest young star.

Wearing their original eggplant-and-aqua Mighty Ducks uniforms on Throwback Night, the Ducks put a franchise-record 56 shots on goal Sunday night in a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators. Corey Perry scored twice and rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm had two assists as Anaheim earned its fourth straight win after a season-opening 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The 56 shots broke the previous mark of 54 against the Edmonton Oilers on March 27, 2009.

"I think we passed up a few shots, as well," Perry said. "That's the way we want to play. Good things are going to happen when you start doing that.

"Especially at home, that's what you want to do. They played last night. We had to come out and jump on them early. We chased the goalie from the net early. That's how we have to play. If we play fast and we play quick and shoot a lot of pucks, we're going to do that to teams."

It was the most shots ever allowed by Ottawa -- the previous franchise record was 51 -- and it wasn't surprising given that the Senators allowed 50 to the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 loss on Saturday night. Robin Lehner was in goal for that game and was inserted six minutes into the game to face 47 more.

"It was an embarrassing game tonight," Ottawa captain Jason Spezza said. "It's not anything how we want to play and the type of team we want to be."

Ryan, in his first game in Anaheim since the blockbuster trade in July that sent him to Ottawa, one-timed a great pass from Kyle Turris at 19:12 of the first period for his third goal in the past three games, cutting Ottawa's deficit to 2-1.

"It felt good," Ryan said. "It was a heck of a play by Turrie and I don't know who gave the puck to him. I've played here a long time, scored a lot of goals here. They all feel the same in this building, but this one meant a little more. I just wish I could have five more."

A smattering of jeers came from the crowd - a bit of a surprise considering that Ryan was well-liked and left in a trade. But there also were signs that read "Love You Bobby" and "Always In Our (Heart)."

"A little mixed, which I expected," Ryan said of the fan reaction. "But as far as the fans were concerned, they were great. I saw quite a few signs in warm-ups and a lot of familiar faces, and it was nice."

Perry's second goal was a one-timer off a pretty backhand feed from Lindholm and gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead 3:18 into the second. Lindholm, 19, also had a primary assist in the first period for the first two points of his NHL career. He was plus-4 on the night.

Lindholm might not have made the team in training camp, but injuries to Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa drained depth on an already thin Anaheim blue line, and Lindholm has shown precociousness.

"We thought he needed, for sure, more seasoning," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Who knows? In the end it still may happen. But the way he's playing and the way he's stepping up every night, it's a great sight and it's made our team better."

Nick Bonino lost a faceoff in the left circle but managed to chip a short-side shot past Lehner at 15:28 as the Ducks went into second intermission with a 4-1 lead and 45-19 advantage in shots.

Anaheim could have scored more if not for the right leg of Lehner, who made a spectacular save to deny Perry the hat trick and another stop on Kyle Palmieri in the second period.

If Lehner lost weight the past 48 hours, he didn't let on.

"I drank a lot of water," he joked.

On a serious note, Lehner said, "We've got to take a few steps back and take a look at ourselves in the mirror and go back at it. This is a not going to hold up. It's going to be a very long year if we keep doing this."

Lehner said it felt like his team is pinching and not getting any support, which leads to odd-man rushes.

Anaheim came out like a team coming off two days' rest. The Ducks put 24 shots on goal, a franchise record for the opening period. Ottawa started like a team playing the second game of a back-to-back, and goaltender Craig Anderson was pulled after allowing two goals on nine shots.

Perry snapped home a shot from the hash marks off Patrick Maroon's pass 27 seconds into the game. The Ducks continued to swarm the Ottawa zone, and Ryan Getzlaf put in Lindholm's rebound from the slot at 4:06. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean called his timeout and switched goaltenders. It didn't help.

Ottawa continues to hurt itself with penalties. The Senators gave Anaheim six power plays -- although it killed all six -- and has given its opponents 27 advantages in five games. Anaheim, which had allowed five power-play goals, limited Ottawa to one power play.

Ottawa defenseman Joe Corvo returned to the lineup after he was hit in the left eye area with a puck in the morning skate Saturday. Anaheim forward Dustin Penner was scratched with a lower body injury.

Anaheim prospect Stefan Noesen, a secondary piece from the Ryan trade, has a "significant" knee injury, according to a Ducks spokesman. Details were not immediately available.

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