Senators Shoot Down Ducks


Radek Bonk had quite a line on Saturday night.

Bonk earned the first four-point effort of his NHL career with two goals and two assists as the Ottawa Senators beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-2.

Bonk, with linemates Marian Hossa and Magnus Arvedson, also limited Anaheim's high-powered line of Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne and Steve Rucchin to one goal.

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  • "They are one of the best lines in the league," Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden said of his teammates. "They work hard, have a lot of offensive and defensive talent and a nice touch around the net. They get things off their defense."

    Shawn McEachern and Hossa each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who scored on all three of their power-play chances.

    "Kariya's line is tough to play against and I think (Bonk's line) got excited about playing them," Hossa said. "Everybody was pumped up. It's a big challenge taking on their top two players."

    Ottawa leads the NHL with 26 points and has the league's best home record at 8-2-1.

    Kariya and Jeff Neilsen scored for Anaheim.

    Hossa opened the scoring on a power play, getting his 11th goal 32 seconds into the second period. Kariya countered with a shot that beat former Ducks goaltender Ron Tugnutt a4:02.

    Bonk, who leads Ottawa in scoring with nine goals and 13 assists, swept a loose puck into the open side on a power play at 5:35 to regain the lead for Ottawa. Neilsen tied it again at 7:28 of the final period.

    McEachern put the Senators ahead with 6:14 left and Bonk scored from the blue line into an empty net with 55 seconds remaining.

    Ottawa outshot Anaheim 40-21.

    "When you rely on your goaltender, you usually get what you deserve - a loss," Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg said.

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