Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/13
Hampus Lindholm wasn't born when the Mighty Ducks entered the NHL and wore the purple-and-jade uniforms that were replicated Sunday night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the franchise's first victory. But the 19-year-old Swedish defenseman chosen sixth by the Ducks in the 2012 entry draft was instrumental in making their future look bright on the night they celebrated their past by reverting to their old name and bringing back 15 players from the inaugural squad. Lindholm recorded his first NHL points with a pair of assists and Corey Perry scored twice as the Ducks took a team-record 56 shots in a 4-1 victory over the road-weary Ottawa Senators before an announced sellout crowd at Honda Center. "I think we passed up a few shots as well" Perry said after the Ducks won their fourth straight game and broke the previous team record of 54 shots set on March 27 2009 against Edmonton. "That's the way we want to play. We want to shoot as many pucks at the net as we can. Good things are going to happen when you start doing that." Perry scored from the slot 27 seconds into the game and Lindholm set up the goal that gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead with a shot that was rebounded by Ryan Getzlaf at 4 minutes 6 seconds of the first period. That was the last shot faced by starter Craig Anderson who was replaced by Robin Lehner. Lindholm the first man to play for the Ducks who was born after the franchise came into existence said he didn't get the puck as a souvenir of his first point. He didn't mind. "The biggest thing is to keep this winning streak going" said Lindholm who is exceptionally mobile at a gangly 6 feet 3 and 197 pounds. "It's fun to be around the team when you're winning." They won because of that fast energetic start and because they sustained that pace most of the game. Their 24 shots in the first period was a team record for the first period of a game and instead of falling back they kept the tempo up and followed with 21 shots in the middle period. "It's our building and we want to show it's not easy to play here" Lindholm said. "We want to come out strong and show that we're a hard team to play against." Former Duck Bobby Ryan in his first game here since he was traded to Ottawa in July got the Senators within 2-1 late in the first period with a nifty one-timer. Lindholm then set up the goal that gave the Ducks some breathing room by feeding a backhand pass that Perry converted at 3:18 of the second period.
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