Rakell scores shootout win­ner

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Rickard Rakell scored the shootout win­ner and the Ana­heim Ducks beat the Ottawa Sen­a­tors 3-2. Nick Ritchie and On­drej Kase scored in reg­u­la­tion for Ana­heim, which has won four of its last five. John Gibson made 30 saves as the Ducks im­proved to 2-0-0 on their five-game road that started with a 3-1 win in Los An­ge­les against the Kings. Drake Bather­son and Artem Anisi­mov scored for Ottawa. Mar­cus Hog­berg stopped 26 shots.

OTTAWA, On­tario — Rickard Rakell scored the shootout win­ner and the Ana­heim Ducks beat the Ottawa Sen­a­tors 3-2 on Tues­day night.

Nick Ritchie and On­drej Kase scored in reg­u­la­tion for Ana­heim, which has won four of its last five.

John Gibson made 30 saves as the Ducks im­proved to 2-0-0 on their five-game road that started with a 3-1 win in Los An­ge­les against the Kings.

“It’s pond hockey a lit­tle bit when it’s three-on-three and could go ei­ther way,” Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau said of the over­time pe­riod. “We had our chances, they had their chances and it goes into a shootout and that’s not hockey, but that’s what it is right now so not much we can do.”

Drake Bather­son and Artem Anisi­mov scored for Ottawa. Mar­cus Hog­berg stopped 26 shots.

“Re­ally I thought we had a good game,” Sen­a­tors coach D.J. Smith said. “We had our chances to win in over­time and we didn’t and they win in a shootout.”

With 10 home games this month, the Sen­a­tors hope to im­prove their record at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre, where they’re 1-4-5 in their last 10.

Ana­heim coach Dal­las Eakins thought his team played slow and turned the puck over far too many times and will need to con­trol the pace bet­ter if they hope to con­tinue to find suc­cess on this road trip.

“We were very lucky,” said Eakins. “I’m not sure we got what we de­served. That was not a very good game by us, but John Gibson held us in and we got some timely scor­ing.”

Ana­heim opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first pe­riod when Ritchie tipped Ham­pus Lindholm’s shot to beat Hog­berg.

The Sen­a­tors tied it early in the pe­riod as Bather­son scored a power-play goal for his sec­ond of the sea­son.

“I’m def­i­nitely feel­ing a lot more com­fort­able than I was at the start of the year,” Bather­son said. “I think if you ask any guy they’re the same way. The more time they’re here the more they get com­fort­able and that’s how I’m feel­ing. I had some space to skate with the puck and that’s what I tried to do.”

Kase took a bounce off the back boards and tucked in a back­hand to make it 2-1 at the 13:35 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Anisi­mov’s 10th of the sea­son tied the game 2-all with a power-play goal early in the third, tipping Colin White’s shot past Gibson.

Ottawa ap­peared to tie the game late in the pe­riod, but the Ducks chal­lenged and, upon re­view, was deemed off­side.

NOTES: An­thony Du­clair took the cer­e­mo­nial face­off for the Sen­a­tors as Wil­lie O’Ree dropped the puck as part of the NHL’s Black His­tory Month cel­e­bra­tions . ... Cody Goloubef and Mikkel Boed­ker were healthy scratches for the Sen­a­tors.

As­so­ci­ated Press

EARLY PLAY — Ducks left wing Rickard Rakell (67) and Ottawa Sen­a­tors cen­ter Chris Tier­ney (71) bat­tle along the boards dur­ing the first pe­riod of a game on Tues­day in Ottawa, On­tario.

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