OTTAWA (TICKER) —Bankruptcy agrees with the Ottawa Senators, at least on the ice.
The Senators finally yielded a goal but not much else as Marian Hossa celebrated his addition to the All-Star team with a pair of goals in a 3-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Since filing for bankruptcy protection a week ago, Ottawa has reeled off four wins and outscored opponents, 13-1.
The Senators’ bid for a fourth straight shutout ended with 5:41 to go when rookie Stanislav Chistov scored a power-play goal. But they remained atop the NHL standings with 64 points.
Hossa and Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara were among 15 players added to the Eastern Conference roster for next month’s All-Star Game in Florida.
The announcement came after Hossa, a 24-year-old Slovakian, scored his 29th and 30th goals to climb within one of the league lead.
“It’s only midseason. Still, if I keep focused each game, the points will come,” Hossa said. “Of course, on TV I watch what Naslund does. But I don’t go on the computer to check it out.”
“Patrick understands that the team comes first,” Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. “It shows a lot of maturity on his part. It was important to get Prusek in.”
Prusek extended the Senators’ shutout streak to a team-record 244 minutes, 5 seconds before Chistov converted a centering pass from Patric Kjellberg to get Anaheim within 2-1.
“Prusek played really well,” Chara said. “We are not thinking about the shutout, but we tried to play for it.”
Ironically, the Ducks had a 237:07 shutout streak earlier this season.
Daniel Alfredsson scored into an empty net with 48 seconds to play, sealing Ottawa’s fourth straight win and ninth in 12 games (9-2-0-1).
Rookie Martin Gerber made 23 saves for Anaheim, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
“We got off to a slow start but got it going in the second,” Ducks captain Paul Kariya said. “We gave away some turnovers that they capitalized on. Ottawa thrives on turnovers.”
Prusek denied Kariya on a handful of chances in the second period. He stopped the All-Star on a breakaway in the opening minute, then turned away a one-timer from the slot with two minutes to go.
“I heard Prusek was 7-0 and thought he must be pretty good,” Kariya said. “He’s a bit like Dominik Hasek. He protects the bottom of the net really well.”
“I like the way Prusek plays every time he’s in net,” Martin said. “He always seems to answer the bell. He made some big saves in the second period.”
By then, Ottawa had a 1-0 lead. On the power play with just under five minutes to go in the first period, Hossa tried a centering pass for Martin Havlat from the right side of the net. But the puck hit the skate of Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei and deflected past Gerber.
“I thought Marty got the goal, but he said it went off the defenseman, so I was really surprised,” Hossa said.
Hossa made it 2-0 early in the third, completing his seventh multi-goal game of the season. After intercepting a pass by defenseman Niclas Havelid, he pulled up at the right faceoff circle, waited for Ducks center Steve Rucchin to skate past, then wristed a shot by Gerber’s blocker.
“I was surprised they took a chance when we were leading by only one goal,” Martin said. “Marian was patient. They turned over the puck and he capitalized.”