ANAHEIM -- For about 15 minutes Monday night, the Honda Center was flipped upside down.
Who were these Columbus Blue Jackets, and who were they to score so early on the scorching Anaheim Ducks?
In the span of 21 seconds, though, the Ducks flashed some of the quick stick work that's lifted them to the top of the Pacific Division, and they set everything right in Anaheim.
The Ducks fell behind early but rallied with two quick goals later in the first period to continue their torrid streak with a 3-2 win.
"At this stage right now, we're just not panicking," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's usually early, in the first 10 minutes or so, and when you get down, you're looking at 40 or 50 minutes left to play, and there's not a lot of panic in them. They are playing with a lot of confidence. If this was reversed, and we'd lost four or five games in a row and you get down 1-0, you'd be going, 'Here we go again.'
"At this stage right now, that's not happening."
In a matchup of teams whose fortunes have veered in drastically different directions during the lockout-shortened season, the lowly Blue Jackets (4-10-2) stunned the Anaheim crowd early. Vinny Prospal scored on a goal past Jonas Hiller, assisted by Mark Letestu and Derek Dorsett, just 3 minutes, 30 seconds into the game.
As they have so often this season, the Ducks (12-2-1) responded to adversity in a flurry, scoring twice late in the first period to improve to 7-2-1 when trailing 1-0.
Ducks center Peter Holland, called up from AHL Norfolk on Feb. 13, scored his first goal of the season with a beautiful flick of the wrist past Sergei Bobrovsky at the 15:56 mark. As the public address announcer tried to give Holland proper due, he was interrupted.
At 16:17, Ryan Getzlaf put Anaheim up for good with some timely trickery. After a scrum against the boards in the Columbus zone, the puck bounced to Getzlaf, who spun around and swatted, the puck barely glancing past Bobrovsky as a hive of Blue Jackets congregated in front of the net.
"It wasn't the prettiest game we've ever played, but when things are going well, you just find ways to win," Getzlaf said. "You come off the road, you come home and you have that one day off, and it's hard. We came out, and that was the worst period of hockey we've played all season. But we came away and we got the win."
Columbus center R.J. Umberger said of the Ducks' two-goal flurry, "That was a rough part of the game just because we had most of the momentum. We had a ton of chances, but they got two quick goals. Shifts at the end of the period or right after a goal, those are the key to the game, and we allowed them to get one too quick."
The Ducks added a third goal in the third period as a stumbling Corey Perry poked the puck above Bobrovsky's right shoulder. Getzlaf and Sheldon Souray picked up assists on the power-play goal.
While Bobrovsky was continually tested, Hiller settled down and did not allow another goal until the 12:06 mark of the third period, when Derick Brassard put one past him for his third goal of the season.
Bobrovsky finished the game with 26 saves, while Hiller notched 25 in his first game action in 10 days.
"His athleticism was great," Boudreau said of Hiller. "Some of the saves he made, he shouldn't have made. He shouldn't make those saves. But he did, and that was what we saw last year from January to March."
NOTES: Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth was named one of the NHL's "Three Stars" of the week after becoming just the third goalie in league history to begin his career 8-0. ... The Ducks entered the game coming off a season-long six-game road trip that was a rousing success. Anaheim went 5-1 on the trip, including a 3-2 shootout victory at Nashville on Feb. 16 that iced the best road trip in club history. ... Cam Fowler remains out for the Ducks with an upper-body injury that's kept him benched for seven games. ... Columbus' Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky missed the game and are considered day-to-day with lower body injuries. Center Cam Atkinson is also out with a lower-body injury for the Blue Jackets; he was placed on injured reserve Jan. 26, retroactive to Jan. 23. ... The Ducks have a league-leading nine players with four or more goals. ... Anaheim went 2-1-1 against Columbus last season and is 23-17-5 against the Blue Jackets all-time.