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Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa Senators in 6-2 win over Anaheim Ducks

Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone clears Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner from in front of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov before scoring during first period NHL action Friday December 19, 2014 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
December 19, 2014 - 8:19 PM

OTTAWA - Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris seem to have found their touch again — and that's good news for the Ottawa Senators.

Hoffman, who had one goal in his last 15 games before Friday, scored twice to lead the Senators in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Turris, who had just two goals in his previous 10 outings — both of them on Wednesday — added a goal and an assist on Friday as Ottawa recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early November.

"It's something that comes and goes over an 82-game season and you just try to take advantage of when it's coming," Turris said of his recent goal-scoring success.

"I feel like we've been playing better and playing with more pace and better through the neutral zone and I think we showed that."

Erik Karlsson had two assists to help out the cause while Milan Michalek, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Senators (14-12-6).

Craig Anderson made 32 saves to record his second straight win.

The Ducks (22-8-5) got two goals from Ryan Getzlaf two minutes and 33 seconds apart over the second and third periods. Anaheim lost for the second time in three games following a 2-1 win at Montreal Thursday.

The Ducks also got two assists from Ben Lovejoy and a shaky 25-save performance from Ilya Bryzgalov, who made his first start of the season after being re-signed by Anaheim last week.

After scoring late in the second period, Getzlaf scored at 1:49 of the third to quickly cut the Senators' lead from 4-0 to 4-2, making for some anxious moments for the home side.

Hoffman quickly resolved any tension when his goal at 5:50 of the final period gave the Senators a 5-2 lead.

"You want to be scoring goals and it does feel good when it happens, but it's the National Hockey League and you're not going to score every night," said Hoffman, who had his third two-goal game of the season.

"You have to be patient and wait for your chances and capitalize when they come."

Zibanejad restored the four-goal cushion with his goal at 16:32 of the third.

"It didn't look like we had a lot of energy," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

"I'm not finding too many positive things. I could do that and use cliches and excuses, but the last time we were in a back-to-back (situation) it was our best game of the year in Winnipeg. It was just not a great effort all the way around."

The Senators went into the second period with a 2-0 lead and it looked as though they were headed to the third with that same advantage before three goals were scored less than three minutes apart late in the second.

Turris gave Ottawa a 3-0 lead with a short-handed goal, crossing the Ducks' blue-line and cutting through three defenders to put a shot over Bryzgalov's shoulder at 16:18 for his third goal in two games.

Hoffman intercepted a clearing pass inside the Duck's line just 42 second after the Turris goal and put a quick shot past Bryzgalov for a 4-0 lead and his first goal in eight games.

Getzlaf crashed the net and chipped a bouncing puck over Anderson for his first goal of the game at 19:16.

"We didn't show up in the first period and we didn't give ourselves much of a chance," Getzlaf said. "We were missing passes, we were not crisp, we weren't fore-checking and the list goes on. They outplayed us throughout most of the game and I'm not taking anything away from them. They played well and they executed in their system.

"I'm not going to make excuses for our group. A lot of teams have a lot of road trips so we have to play though them and play all the way through. We didn't show up to play and I'm embarrassed."

The Senators got a power play just 32 seconds into the game as Lovejoy was called for holding. Michalek made him pay with a goal off a cross-ice slap pass from Karlsson with 29 seconds left in the man advantage.

Stone gave the Senators a 2-0 lead when he converted the rebound of a Mark Borowiecki point shot at 8:21 of the first.

Notes: Patrick Wiercioch was the lone scratch for the Senators while Devante Smith-Pelly and Hampus Lindholm were scratched for the Ducks. … The win was the first for the Senators over the Ducks on home ice since Game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final and their first regular season win at home against Anaheim since January 2003. … As a team the Senators went 107 minutes and 55 seconds without allowing a goal before Getzlaf's second period goal. Anderson went 115:14. … Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano is the NHL's active ironman leader having played in 575 straight games.

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