OTTAWA (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks praised their all-star goalie after they got two points out of a game they felt they hardly deserved to win.
Jonas Hiller was perfect in the shootout and Bobby Ryan scored in the tie-breaker to give Anaheim a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Ryan shot past Brian Elliott on the Ducks' second attempt after Mike Fisher hit the right post on Ottawa's second shot.
Hiller had already stopped Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson's backhand when he denied Erik Karlsson on Ottawa's final attempt to seal the win. He stopped 39 shots for Anaheim, which won its second in a row to begin a four-game road trip.
``I don't know if he earned a star tonight but he certainly won a game,' Ryan said. ``We got outplayed in a lot of aspects of that game and he did his job. It was incredible.'
Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with a highlight-reel tally 14:30 in for his 24th goal and 50th point, both team highs.
``We found a way to win,' Perry said. ``Hillsy played pretty well for us tonight and he stole a game again.'
Fisher drew Ottawa even late in the second. Elliott made 26 saves, including a huge stop on Matt Beleskey's breakaway midway through the third.
``It's tough but we did a good job coming back and evening it up and we played well in overtime,' Elliott said. ``I think we had our chances throughout the game. Their goalie played well and they played well in front of him. We've just got to take the positives. We played a really good game and got a lot of opportunities so we've got to take that and put it in our pocket and go to the next game.'
The Ducks, who have won eight of 10, came close to winning it late in the third when Teemu Selanne put a drive from the right side off the post after Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle used his timeout with 57.3 seconds left in regulation.
``I don't think it was that good a game from us,' said Selanne, who has 99 game-winning goals. ``We looked pretty sluggish there and I think they had more scoring chances than we did, but obviously Jonas was great in the net. He made some big saves and gave us a chance to win so we'll take these two points but I can't say we're very happy with how we played.'
Ottawa outshot Anaheim 40-27 overall, including 15-10 in the first and 13-3 in the second. The Senators, who have been held to two goals or less in seven of their last eight games, have lost three in a row overall and five straight at home.
``It was very similar to probably seven of our last nine games,' coach Cory Clouston said. ``We work extremely hard, we outchance a team, outwork them, and somehow we don't outscore them. There's not a whole lot more we can as far as effort is concerned. As far as execution is concerned, we've just got to find ways to score.'
The Senators had a number of scoring chances in the opening period, but it was the Ducks who came out of the first with a 1-0 lead. Hiller made a glove save to deny Bobby Butler on a breakaway and veteran Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar hit a post.
Perry was falling to the ice when he put a backhand of Bobby Ryan's point shot over Elliott, who was lying on the ice with his pads stacked, leaving the top half of the net wide open for the Ducks' all-star forward.
Fisher scored late in the second to tie it at 1. Senators left wing Milan Michalek battled to maintain possession while he was on his back in the slot. The puck came free and Hiller stuck out his left pad to stop Fisher's initial shot, but the Ottawa center backhanded the rebound in off the left post for his 13th goal at 18:19.
NOTES: Ducks enforcer George Parros and Ottawa's Matt Carkner fought in the first. ... D Paul Mara was Anaheim's lineup for the first time since Dec. 18. He was a healthy scratch for 15 of the last 16 games. ... C Kyle Chipchura and Ds Andreas Lilja and Sheldon Brookbank did not dress for the Ducks. ... ... Senators C Peter Regin was left out of the lineup.
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