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Ducks withstand SenatorsÂ' comeback bid, hang on for 4-3 win

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OTTAWA - Todd Marchant scored a bizarre second-period goal Friday night and Ryan Getzlaf had the eventual game-winner during a power play later in the frame to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

With an off-day in the World Series, Marchant did his best baseball imitation by batting a puck out of the air, beating Senators goaltender Alex Auld from long range as the Ducks (3-5-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then hung on to win before a sold-out crowd of 19,762 at Scotiabank Place.

Ottawa battled back to make a game of it with three third-period goals, but Getzlaf's marker, his first of the season, was the difference.

Brian Sutherby and Samuel Pahlsson, playing in career game No. 500, also scored for the Ducks, who have won back-to-back contests and three of their last four outings.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in just his second start of the year.

Daniel Alfredsson and Alexandre Picard scored for the Senators with the man advantage during a wild third and Chris Neil also had a goal.

Dany Heatley recorded three assists while Filip Kuba added two to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games.

The Senators (2-4-1) wrapped up a five-game homestand with their third straight loss and fourth defeat in those five contests. They now embark on a four-game road trip.

Auld, who finished with 28 saves, was also making just his second start of the season after Senators coach Craig Hartsburg turned to him Friday because the team's No. 1 goaltender, Martin Gerber, has struggled so far.

Auld hadn't played since Ottawa's second game of the season, when he helped the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Stockholm on Oct. 5.

Gerber has been maligned for allowing early goals and Auld did fare better, but only slightly. He drew a good ovation from the crowd after stopping his first shot, but couldn't hang onto the second shot he faced by Brad May and that allowed Sutherby to steer in the rebound to give Anaheim the lead midway through the opening period.

Things quickly went south for Auld and the Senators in the second period.

Just 50 seconds in, Teemu Selanne flipped the puck from his own end into the Senators' zone, where Ottawa defenceman Jason Smith attempted to catch it with his glove and drop it to the ice to play it.

However, Marchant, from between the blue-line and top of the faceoff circle, batted the puck out of the air and it sailed in past a stunned Auld.

The goaltender was caught watching again less than seven minutes later when Pahlsson corralled a loose puck in the slot and slipped a shot past him.

The Ducks came into the game just 1-for-26 on the power play so far this season, but with Filip Kuba off for interference, Getzlaf took a feed from Corey Perry from behind the Ottawa net and scored his first goal of the season at the 10:57 mark to make it 4-0.

In the third, the Senators mounted a comeback thanks to a 5-on-3 power play.

Alfredsson wired a slapshot past Hiller at 6:47 of the period and with the Ducks still down a man 37 seconds later, Picard beat the Anaheim goaltender with a wrist shot to the top corner.

Just past the midway point of the period, Neil took a pass from Spezza in the slot and notched his first goal of the season to make it 4-3. It was the first even-strength goal by the Senators in 162 minutes 44 seconds of game time.

Notes: The Senators left after the game for Toronto, where they'll play the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The Ducks were off to Montreal to face the Canadiens, also on Saturday. Ottawa made one lineup change from Wednesday, sending forward Christoph Schubert to the press box in favour of Shean Donovan. Defenceman Bret Hedican, signed as a free agent by Anaheim on Thursday, didn't suit up.

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