Blue Jackets escape California trip with three points after OT loss in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cam Fowler completed his first career hat trick by scoring 36 seconds into overtime to help the Anaheim Ducks end a seven-game losing streak, 3-2 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
John Gibson made 24 saves for the Ducks, who had been 0-5-2 since defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 on Oct. 17.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who lost the final two games of their three-game California road trip. Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves.
Fowler scored on a one-timer from Adam Henrique to end Anaheim's losing skid. It was Fowler's 56th career goal, tying Francois Beauchemin for second-most by a Anaheim defenseman all-time.
Dubois earned a point for Columbus by scoring with 31.3 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 2.
The Ducks went in front 2-1 at 18:26 of the second period on Fowler's second goal of the season, a wrist shot into the top netting.
Fowler tied it at 1 at 9:09 during 4-on-4 play. Rickard Rakell lost the puck skating past two Columbus defenders, but it went through the slot to Fowler for a shot into an open net.
Fowler has three goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.
The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead at 3:33 of the second period when Dubois scored on a wrist shot from the right circle that went between Gibson's legs. Dubois had just come out of the penalty box after serving his third minor penalty of the game before getting his fifth goal of the season.
The Blue Jackets went 0 for 6 on the power play and are 2 for 38 in their past 10 games. Artemin Panarin appeared to have scored with the man-advantage early in the third period, but it came immediately after Alexander Wennberg tripped Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson.
Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf did not play because of an upper-body injury and is considered day to day.
NOTES: Ducks coach Randy Carlyle won his 460th game, tying Roger Neilson for 30th most in NHL history. ... Blue Jackets D Seth Jones played in his 400th NHL game and had two assists. ... The Ducks allowed three shots in the first period, their fewest in any period in regulation this season. Anaheim had allowed at least 16 shots in the first period in each of its first 14 games.
Blue Jackets: Return home to host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Ducks: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.