Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 1
Dan Sexton, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry scored goals and Jonas
Hiller stopped 35 shots to power the Anaheim Ducks past the
Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1 on Saturday night.
It was Hiller’s first win since Nov. 19 and ended a personal
three-game losing skid.
The game was surprisingly dominated by defense, despite
featuring two teams who have given up the most goals in the Western
R.J. Umberger had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had
won both earlier meetings with Anaheim this season but have lost 10
of their last 12 overall.
The Ducks, who came in having lost six of seven, weathered
almost a minute with a two-man disadvantage while holding a
one-goal lead early in the third period.
Ryan had an assist to go with his goal, and Ryan Whitney added
Perry scored the clincher while the Ducks where hanging on to a
2-1 lead. With 6:13 left and Anaheim on the power play, Whitney
back-handed a perfect setup to Perry in the high slot who one-timed
it in for this 16th goal of the season.
Sexton, who played collegiately about 2 hours away at Bowling
Green last season, got things going for the Ducks late in the first
period, notching his fourth goal in five games since being called
up on Dec. 4 from Manitoba of the AHL.
After a Columbus rush, the Ducks had a 4-on-2 as they hurried
down the ice. Ryan’s shot was stopped by Columbus goalie Steve
Mason, the puck bouncing around in the slot before it ended up
going to Sexton right of the net. He slipped the puck off the near
post and it ricocheted off Mason into the net.
The teams traded goals in the final minute of the second
First, Ryan made it 2-0 with a spectacular, highlight-reel
He took a long pass from Sheldon Brookbank at the blue line and
then skated around defenseman Kris Russell while barreling toward
the goal. Ryan was tripped by Russell’s stick as he bore down on
Mason. While flying horizontal to the ice, he flicked the puck into
It was Ryan’s 50th career goal and 14th of the season.
Less than 20 seconds later, however, Columbus cut the lead in
half when Umberger collected the puck behind the goal line, moved
it to his forehand, and threw it at net. It hit Hiller’s left skate
and went into the net.
In the third period, the Blue Jackets had almost a minute with a
5-on-3 advantage and wasn’t able to get a shot.
One of Hiller’s biggest saves came when he stymied Raffi Torres’
backhander off a rebound midway through the third.
NOTES: Earlier in the day, Columbus activated LW Fredrik Modin
off the injured list and assigned C Derek MacKenzie to the club’s
AHL affiliate in Syracuse. … Anaheim, which lost at Detroit in
overtime Friday night, came into the game winless (0-2-2) in the
second game of back-to-backs this season. … Blue Jackets RW Derek
Dorsett traded punches with Anaheim tough guy Mike Brown in the
first period, sustained an undisclosed injury and did not return.
… Brown played in his 99th career NHL game.