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Deslauriers' hat trick propels Ducks past Senators

Anaheim scores four goals in first period; Miller makes 40 saves

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Deslauriers' first NHL hat trick

OTT@ANA: Deslauriers completes hatty in 1st period

Nicolas Deslauriers scores three straight goals in the 1st period to earn his first career NHL hat trick

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ANAHEIM -- Nicolas Deslauriers had the fastest hat trick to start a game in Anaheim Ducks history in a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Deslauriers completed the hat trick at 11:49 of the first period to break the previous record set by Teemu Selanne, who scored three goals in the first 12:58 against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 10, 1997.

It was the first hat trick in the NHL for Deslauriers, who entered the game with four goals in 57 games this season.

"I don't think even when I was younger I scored a hat trick, so it's something special," Deslauriers said. "I have to give credit to my line (David Backes and Carter Rowney). We've been working hard."

 

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Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist, Backes and Rowney each had two assists, and Ryan Miller made 40 saves for the Ducks (29-32-9), who are 3-0-1 in their past four games and 5-2-2 in their past nine.

"Coming off the last game (5-4 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday), I felt like we kind of handed back at least a point, so I wanted to bounce back and continue to set the tone," Miller said. "I know where we're at (in the standings), but we have to be the kind of team moving forward that bounces back."

Video: OTT@ANA: Rakell taps home a nifty pass on power play

Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Hogberg made 10 saves for the Senators (25-33-12), who outshot Anaheim 42-15.

The Ducks scored three goals on their first four shots and four on their first six.

"That's losing hockey," Senators coach D.J. Smith said. "You come out and give them a lead and they don't need to score. That's a learning less for us. You have to be ready to go every night and we just didn't have it at the start."

Jakob Silfverberg made it 1-0 with a redirection on the power play at 2:02 of the first period.

Video: OTT@ANA: Silfverberg tips home PPG to open scoring

Deslauriers made it 2-0 at 2:45 from the bottom of the right circle after receiving a cross-slot pass from Rowney, and he extended the lead to 3-0 at 11:17 with a one-timer from the high slot.

Deslauriers scored his third straight goal 42 seconds later to make it 4-0.

"We've got to be better to start the game, but the best part is we didn't quit," Smith said. "We kept working and we could have had plenty of goals."  

Tkachuk made it 4-1 at 6:06 of the second period on a backdoor pass at the right post three seconds after a power play expired, but Rakell scored a power-play goal to push the lead to 5-1 at 9:52.

Video: OTT@ANA: Tkachuk rips White's dish home in 2nd

Colin White cut it to 5-2 at 13:46 of the third period.

"They got real aggressive (after the first period)," Miller said. "They didn't really have anything to lose, and that's really hard to play against, so I thought we did a fairly good job of being all together on a lot of the plays I could handle." 

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They said it

"This is a tryout for everybody, so there are certain guys that will certainly be back here, and there's other guys trying out every single day." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"We came out of the gate hot. That's a thing we kind of focus on, make sure we clog the neutral zone and set our forecheck. I think in the second we kind of took the pedal off, but we got back and we're happy to have the two points." -- Ducks forward Nicolas Deslauriers

 

Need to know

Hogberg had missed the previous three games to return to Sweden for personal reasons. ... Tkachuk has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past four games. ... Deslauriers' hat trick was the fastest to start a game since Taylor Hall did it in 7:53 for the Edmonton Oilers against the Vancouver Canucks on March 30, 2013. ... Backes had his first multipoint game since Nov. 24, 2018, when he played for the Boston Bruins. ... Rakell has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the past four games.

 

What's next

Senators: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-W, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

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