ANAHEIM, Calif. - Corey Perry and Scott Niedermayer each had a goal and an assist, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat Ottawa 3-1 Monday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup final.
The victory was the sixth in a row for the defending champion Ducks, while the slumping Senators have won just nine of their last 24.
Todd Bertuzzi had the other Anaheim goal in the only regular-season meeting between the teams this season.
Christoph Schubert scored for Ottawa in the first period after the Senators had fallen behind 2-0.
The Ducks won the Cup in five games last June, wrapping up their first NHL title with a 6-2 victory on June 6 at the Honda Center.
Niedermayer, who assisted on Perry's goal, capped the scoring with a slap shot from the right circle on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period. The goal was the sixth for the Anaheim defenceman.
Thirty-five seconds after Perry gave Anaheim their two-goal lead in the opening period, Schubert narrowed the gap. He beat a screened Giguere with a slap shot from near the blue line at 15:35 for his sixth goal.
Perry got his 29th goal on a power play. In good position in front of the crease, he redirected Niedermayer's shot past Martin Gerber.
|Anaheim Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, left, gets a stick in the face from Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza in the third period on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)|
Bertuzzi put Anaheim ahead to stay when he scored from the left circle at 11:58 of the first, his 13th goal.
Gerber, who had been Giguere's backup for two seasons in Anaheim, faced 31 shots.
Ducks center Doug Weight, back after sitting out eight games with a shoulder injury, assisted on Perry's goal.
Former Anaheim coach and general manager Bryan Murray was back in the arena as the Ottawa GM and coach. He returned to the bench after relieving John Paddock of his duties last Wednesday. Ottawa is 1-2 since Murray took over the coach's duties.
Murray was at the helm last season when the Senators made their first appearance in the Cup final.
Notes: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson (muscle spasms) left the game after being cross-checked and did not return ... The six-game winning streak matches the Ducks' season high. They are 23-8-3 since Niedermayer returned, and 11-1 since right wing Teemu Selanne rejoined them. Both sat out part of the season while deciding whether to retire ... The Senators continue their western road swing Wednesday night in San Jose against the Sharks (10:30 p.m., no TV, Team 1200).