Nicolas Deslauriers’ first NHL hat trick was also the fastest hat trick in Ducks history, and Anaheim earned a 5-2 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Known more for his toughness than his offensive prowess over his seven NHL seasons, Deslauriers had only 12 goals in 211 games heading into Tuesday’s play. Against Ottawa, however, the forward scored three consecutive goals within a span of 9:04 in the first period.
His third goal came 11:49 into the game, breaking the Anaheim record for quickest hat trick set by Teemu Selanne, who had three goals in the first 12:58 on Nov. 10, 1997, against the visiting San Jose Sharks.
Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored the Ducks’ other two goals Tuesday, both on power plays. Rakell also had an assist, giving him seven points (two goals, five assists) over his last four games. David Backes and Carter Rowney each supplied two assists.
Anaheim (29-32-9, 67 points) kept its faint postseason hopes alive with the victory, moving within 11 points of a Western Conference wild-card position. The Ducks are 3-0-1 over the past four games.
Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for the Senators (25-33-12, 62 points). Ottawa had won four of its previous five games.
The Ducks scored five goals despite putting only 15 shots on net, matching their season low for shots in a game. Ottawa generated the vast majority of the offensive pressure, outshooting Anaheim by a 42-15 margin.
Ducks goalie Ryan Miller made 40 saves, including a perfect 10-for-10 performance on shots during five Ottawa power plays. It was the 387th win of Miller’s career, putting him two victories behind Dominik Hasek for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
Marcus Hogberg had a much tougher night in Ottawa’s net, allowing five goals from the 15 shots he faced. Hogberg missed the Senators’ previous three games due to family reasons.
The Senators have only 20 points in road games this season, the second-lowest total of any team in the league.
Anaheim went 2-for-2 on power play chances, snapping an 0-for-13 slump with the extra attacker over the previous five games. The struggling Ottawa penalty-kill unit has now allowed nine goals in the opponents’ past 21 power plays.
—Field Level Media