First Period Recap: The first line tonight was everything that it hadn't been in the previous two games and playing the role of Dustin Penner tonight was Patrick Maroon, who had a heck of a first period. The first time I noticed him, it was actually comical how hard he was working just to keep up with a gliding Erik Karlsson, but as the period wore on, that hard work would pay off.
Seven and a half minutes into the period, Ryan Getzlaf broke into the zone, worked the puck down to Corey Perry in the corner who found Maroon drifting into a soft spot right in the middle of the ice. The passing was so crisp it went right around Karlsson, proving that no matter how well you can skate the puck is always faster. Maroon got the puck on net quickly, it deflected off of Mark Methot's stick and through Craig Anderson's legs to put the Ducks ahead 1-0. It was Maroon's second goal and third point in as many games, respectively.
Immediately after the goal, Sens' coach Paul MacLean put out his energy line with the clear directive to hit anything in black and orange to try and get the momentum back. Emerson Etem got rocked twice on that shift, most notably by Chris Neil in open ice. Regardless of what you think about Neil and/or Etem, that was a gorgeous hit. It worked for a few minutes, until Neil was called for goalie interference in a scramble around the net.
Stop me if you've heard this one before.... The Ducks had difficulty setting up in the zone on the power play, and the momentum was once again neutralized.
With about four minutes left in the period, Craig Anderson got a huge break when he completely missed an attempt to catch a Mathieu Perreault shot and it found the cross bar instead of the net. Two minutes later he wasn't so lucky, as he stopped the puck behind the net for Karlsson who turned it over to Perry right in front of the crease after having been pressured by Maroon and Getzlaf stashed the rebound over the prone Senators goaltender. And the period ended 2-0 for the Ducks.
Second Period Recap: Early in the second, the Getzlaf-Maroon-Perry line carried their strong first period over by creating some scoring chances out of Senators turnovers, but couldn't cash in on any. As nebulous as the stat can be, the Ducks ended up with only two giveaways on the entire game, compared to Ottawa's 16.
Just shy of the halfway mark, Saku Koivu took a penalty for slashing Mika Zibanejad. Right at the end of the power play, Zibanejad drew the Sens within one on a point shot with Cory Conacher screening Frederik Andersen, as much as a guy who is 5'8" standing on a stack of phone books can screen a 6'4" goalie, for the first goal against in the Dane's NHL career.
Again, immediately following the goal, MacLean put out his energy line, this time against the Ducks' top line. Maroon was lined up across from Neil and the puck drop was delayed as things got feisty with Maroon chirping most of the Senators on the ice. Once the play started Neil's first act was to crosscheck Maroon in the jaw, he was called for the penalty and was unable to draw Maroon into an equalizer. And there you have the two sides of putting Chris Neil out on the shift after a goal.
Boudreau stuck with the hot line to start the power play, and what do you know.... they gave up a 2-on-1 off of the faceoff. In fairness they were able to turn it right back around for an odd man rush of their own, but to the surprise of no one, the PP came up short again. In fact, with two seconds left in the Neil penalty, Eric Gryba took a penalty of his own and the Ducks weren't able to capitalize on that either.
Before Gryba took his penalty though, he made a bigger impact on the game and the Ducks by hitting Mathieu Perreault and forcing him out of the game with an upper body injury. As Perreault skated off he appeared to be favoring his hand/wrist/forearm area.
Near the end of the period, Perry had a fantastic opportunity, when he stole the puck from Gryba right in the slot, but couldn't get a shot off as he was hooked by Gryba. On the ensuing power play, the Ducks had their best man advantage opportunity when Fowler's shot rebounded to Nick Bonino, who had Anderson down and out, but couldn't get the puck past a fallen Devante Smith-Pelly. Only seconds later DSP was hit again and stung this time by another Fowler shot.
Third Period Recap: For the most part the third period was dominated territorially by the Senators, apart from a few strong forechecking shifts by the Getzlaf line and whatever hodge podge of a line Etem was on.
Two and half minutes into the period, Bryan Allen took a hooking penalty. About a minute into the kill, Karlsson took a point shot that came right back out in front to Clark MacArthur who tipped it behind a swimming Freddy Andersen but miraculously stayed out.
After the penalty expired, the big line came back out and had another golden chance. Zibanejad fell down, turning the puck over to Getzlaf in the slot, he handed it off to Perry, causing Anderson to fall, but Perry could only manage to get it out of his feet and back to Getzlaf for a jam play that Anderson sprawled to stop.
On another Senators power play, about midway through the period, Bobby Ryan had two chances to even the score, back-to-back. The first was a one timer that whistled just wide and immediately afterward Kyle Turris zipped a beautiful shot/pass (shass) off of Bobby's tape, that Freddy got a toe on with some elegant side to side movement.
As the Sens tried to pull Anderson for the extra attacker, Getzlaf had one more opportunity, picking off a Jason Spezza pass (forced by the forecheck of Maroon) at the Ottawa blueline, Getzy was allowed to skate in to the hash marks, but Anderson caught it awkwardly in the crook of his elbow, coming way out to challenge and standing up.
The Sens doubled the Ducks' shot output in the third period 12-6, bringing the game total to 28-27 for the Ducks, but the Ducks still swept the season series from the Sens.
The Good: Kind of obvious, but the first line of Getzlaf, Maroon and Perry had their way with the Sens and could have made it a much larger margin of victory. They were also matched up most of the time, including both goals, against Karlsson and didn't allow him to be the offensive force that he can be.
The Bad: Power play 0-for-5. 6.8% on the season. Not going to beat the dead horse, any more than is necessary.
The Ugly: The Perreault injury wasn't a dirty play. He seemed to get his arm/hand wedged between the hitting player (Gryba) and the glass. But any time your third leading scorer (tied for the lead coming into the game) and faceoff ace, who seems to be making all the right plays at all the right times, goes out of the game with an injury ,,, it's not pretty.
Next Game: Sunday, October 27th 3:00pm PT @ Columbus