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

Conference.

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

two assists.

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

period.

First, Ryan made it 2-0 with a spectacular, highlight-reel

goal.

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

the net.

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.