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Senators’ Hammond earns 1st NHL shutout in win over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Hammond made 25 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his third career start, and Erik Condra, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris scored to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Hammond, who got the chance to play because of injuries to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, has backstopped the Senators to three straight victories. He has stopped 88 of 91 shots.

It is Ottawa’s first three-game winning streak since a four-game run following a season-opening loss at Nashville. The Senators are 14-12-5 since Dave Cameron took over as coach for Paul MacLean, following the team’s 11-11-5 start.

John Gibson made 31 saves for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who were blanked for the third time this season after winning three straight.

The closest Anaheim came to scoring was when defenseman Cam Fowler’s slap shot from just inside the blue line hit the right post a minute into a power play at 3:52 of the first period after Alex Chiasson received a delay-of-game penalty.

Condra opened the scoring 10:57 in, redirecting Eric Gryba’s slap shot from the right point past Gibson while defenseman William Karlsson was checking him in front of the crease.

Zibanejad scored at 3:23 of the second, converting Mike Hoffman’s sharp-angle shot from outside the left circle.

Turris added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Linesman Steve Miller left the game at 14:25 of the first period after he was struck in the face by the butt-end of David Legwand’s stick during a faceoff. He returned for the third period after getting cleared by medical personnel.

Left wing Jiri Sekac made his Ducks debut after being acquired from Montreal for right wing Devante Smith-Pelly on Tuesday.

NOTES: Ducks G Frederik Andersen missed his eighth straight game because of a neck injury. … In four meetings between Anaheim and Ottawa since the Ducks traded Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan has a goal and three assists. Silfverberg has no points. … Gibson thwarted a breakaway by Ryan with less than 7 1-2 minutes to play. Ryan has five goals in 21 games since his hat trick against Buffalo on Dec. 29. … The Ducks were 0 for 2 on power plays and are 0 for 23 against the Senators since Oct. 24, 2008. … Anaheim RW Corey Perry has six goals in 18 games since his hat trick on Jan. 14 against Toronto.

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