Blue Jackets 5, Ducks 4, SO

Preview | Box Score | Recap

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—All the spin doctoring by the Anaheim Ducks couldn’t erase the fact that the Pacific Division leaders are 0-2 against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nikolai Zherdev scored twice and David Vyborny got the only goal in a five-round shootout, leading Columbus to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

It was the Blue Jackets’ second stunning road victory over the Ducks this season. On Jan. 5, they rallied from a 3-0 deficit and beat the Ducks with four goals in the final 10:02 against Ilya Bryzgalov. Anaheim has 14 more victories and 33 more points than the Blue Jackets, who have the fourth worst record in the Western Conference.

“It’s not every day you get away with a win against them when they score four times on you,” Blue Jackets goalie Fredrik Norrena said. “They’re one of the top teams, and they’re not easy to beat when they’re at home. But we played our best.”

Columbus twice rallied from one-goal deficits to grab a 3-2 lead. Zherdev scored both of his goals against Jean-Sebastien Giguere during a 63-second span of the second period—matching his output for his previous 38 games.

“I just think we took them lightly,” said Giguere, who had allowed six total goals in his previous four starts. “We have to realize they have some very skilled guys, and if we don’t work, they’ll create some chances.”

Fredrik Modin scored his 200th NHL goal and Rick Nash also found the net for Columbus.

“The fact that we got a point is a very positive thing,” Giguere said. “This means we can sometimes play a bad game and have some kind of positive outcome. But we can’t really accept the kind of effort we gave. Obviously, I don’t think we can be happy with our defensive game. We gave them too many scoring chances.”

Anaheim tied it 3-all at 13:02 of the second on defenseman Francois Beauchemin’s second goal of the game and sixth this season, while the teams skated 4-on-4. But Columbus regained the lead on Nash’s 22nd goal.

Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who had won their previous five games and six straight at home. Anaheim has 96 points, two fewer than the franchise record set last season and three fewer than NHL-leading Detroit.

“If you compete this hard you’re going to beat all the teams—whether it’s these guys, or Dallas, or Nashville, or whoever,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re learning how to compete at a very high level and getting better every day.”

Kunitz sent the game into overtime, scoring his 23rd goal from the edge of the crease with 1:50 left in regulation after Teemu Selanne set him up with a perfect pass through defenseman Ron Hainsey.

“It seemed like we weren’t on the same page, as far as controlled breakouts out of our own end,” Beauchemin said. “We turned the puck over too many times and messed up some plays. We’ve got to find a way to stay focused in every game for 60 minutes. It wasn’t that good of a game for us, but we still got a point out of it.”

Anaheim opened the scoring at 10:03 of the first period when Perry banked the puck in off Norrena’s left skate for his 16th goal.

But the Blue Jackets, 3-for-33 on the power play in their previous nine games, tied it at 18:51 as Modin knocked in a rebound while Anaheim’s Sean O’Donnell was serving a cross-checking penalty. The Ducks had been perfect killing penalties for five games (20-for-20).

Columbus was short on defensemen because of injuries to Adam Foote, Anders Eriksson and Bryan Berard, so six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov played a regular shift on defense. Fedorov won the Frank Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward twice while with Detroit.

Notes

The Ducks will play two of their final five regular-season games at Columbus. … Norrena, who blocked a penalty shot by Selanne with 21 seconds remaining to preserve the previous win over Anaheim, also stopped Selanne on the Ducks’ second shot in the shootout. … The Ducks had 38 shots and held a 7-0 advantage against Columbus in overtime. … Dustin Penner’s assist on Beauchemin’s first goal was his 41st point, tying the club rookie record set last season by Kunitz. Penner already broke Kunitz’s mark for goals.

Related Articles

Three Stars

  Three Stars
F. Beauchemin
F. Beauchemin
Ducks - D
Goals: 2
Assists: 0
N. Zherdev
N. Zherdev
Blue Jackets - RW
Goals: 2
Assists: 0
T. Selanne
T. Selanne
Ducks - RW
Goals: 0
Assists: 2

Goaltending

Goalie Team Shot Save
Fredrik Norrena Cls 38 34
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Col 27 23

Scoreboard

Wednesday, Mar 14