The Anaheim Ducks are back on track after a rough stretch and pushing for the top spot in the Western Conference.
They’ll look to keep the pressure on as they try for their fourth straight win Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators, who have also gotten hot and routed the Ducks in the first meeting of the season.
Anaheim (38-16-7) has put a 1-4-1 stretch behind it with its three consecutive victories, rallying to beat Detroit 4-3 in a shootout at home Monday.
Outshot 22-10 through the first 40 minutes, the Ducks stayed focused and scored three times in a 3:40 span of the third period.
"We learned our lesson in terms of times during the season when we’ve gone down two or three and lost our composure and taken penalties trying to win the game in five minutes," center Andrew Cogliano told the team’s official website after delivering Anaheim’s first goal of the spurt.
"I thought tonight we stuck to the game plan and kept forcing them, putting more pressure on them. You get one and you start feeling good, the crowd gets into it and you get a couple more."
The Ducks registered 14 shots in the third.
"A lot of times this year, you get down two like that and all of a sudden things unravel and you’re down three and we’re getting mad," coach Bruce Boudreau told the team’s website. "We stayed within striking distance of a team that was outplaying us the first two periods."
Anaheim is in second place in the West, a handful of points behind Nashville. The Ducks’ win streak has been powered by a resurgent attack, as they’ve scored 11 non-shootout goals after managing 13 in the previous six.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored for the third straight game Monday.
Anaheim will be facing an Ottawa team that’s gone 4-1-1 in its last six as it opens a five-game road trip. The Senators have totaled 15 goals in their past three victories.
Ottawa (24-23-10) defeated Florida 4-1 on Saturday as Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. It hasn’t won three in a row since a four-game run Oct. 11-18.
The push has likely come too late for the Senators to make the playoffs, as they’ll need to pass four teams to capture the second wild-card spot in the East.
"It’s another step forward," Andrew Hammond told the team’s website after making 21 saves to win for the second time in as many NHL starts. "We’re obviously still a little ways to go for the playoff (spot), but I think the last two games have helped us, and you can’t really count yourselves out until you’re mathematically eliminated."
Ottawa routed Anaheim 6-2 on Dec. 19 as Mike Hoffman scored twice, Turris had a goal and an assist and ex-Duck Bobby Ryan – who ended a seven-game goal drought Saturday – added two assists.
That snapped the Senators’ four-game losing streak in the series.
Ryan Getzlaf scored both Anaheim goals in the game to give him six and six assists in a seven-game point streak against Ottawa.
Turris has recorded four goals and five assists in his past six games, Erik Karlsson has two goals and eight assists in six and Milan Michalek has three goals and four assists in four.
The Ducks acquired rookie forward Jiri Sekac from Montreal for forward Devante Smith-Pelly on Tuesday. Sekac has seven goals and nine assists in 50 games this season.