Anaheim (8-7-5) at Columbus (7-12-1)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Columbus, OH
Temp: 65° F
  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Dec 2, 2003
  • TV: FSW2, FSOH
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The Anaheim Mighty Ducks look to extend their point streak to 12 games when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets—a team they haven’t lost to in almost two years.

After consecutive defeats to start November, Anaheim went on to earn a point in its final 11 games of the month (4-0-3-4).

The Ducks extended their unbeaten streak to a season high-tying three games on Sunday, skating to a 1-1 tie with the Minnesota Wild in the first game of their four-game road trip.

Sandis Ozolinsh scored late in the second period, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves to help lift Anaheim to the draw.

“I thought this was his best game,” Ducks coach Mike Babcock said of Giguere, 4-10-2 this season after winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season. “He’s playing very confident and seeing the puck well. Emotion is a big part of his game.”

Anaheim will be looking to extend its streak without a regulation defeat against a Columbus team it has outscored 17-6 in winning five straight meetings since a Dec. 31, 2001 loss.

The Blue Jackets dropped their second straight Saturday, 5-3 at home to the Washington Capitals to fall to 0-2-1 in their last three contests.

Columbus finished November with just four wins in 13 games.

The Blue Jackets’ defense took another hit when Rostislav Klesla injured a knee in the first period and didn’t return. Columbus’ blue line was already without Jaroslav Spacek (groin), Luke Richardson (broken finger) and Duvie Westcott (bruised foot).

Still, Columbus coach Doug MacLean thought his club should have performed better.

“They’re a desperate hockey team,” MacLean said. “We should be desperate.”

Anaheim continues its trip with a matchup against Detroit on Wednesday before concluding it Friday against Atlanta. Columbus, meanwhile, ends its three-game homestand against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

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