NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Columbus
(Monday, October 27th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne scored on the power play with 3:55 remaining in the third period, lifting Anaheim to a 3-2 win over Columbus, as the Ducks completed a sweep of their four-game road trip.
Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, while Ryan Getzlaf netted the other goal for the Ducks, who also got 30 saves from Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
This marks just the second time in club history that Anaheim has swept a road trip of four games or more, with the other coming in 1993. The Ducks also beat Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal during this trip before coming to Columbus.
The Ducks started the year with four straight regulation losses, but have since won five of six.
"Bottom line is, when you go out on the road, you take points any way you can get them," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "From our standpoint, I didn't think we were very good in the first two periods as far as our work ethic, but we were still in the hockey game and we dug back and I thought we were much better in the third period."
Jiri Novotny and Derick Brassard scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row. Fredrik Norrena made 21 saves in a losing effort.
"We had games we should have won. We're not playing a full 60 minutes," said Columbus left wing Rick Nash. "We have some good time in there, but if we're going to start winning, we'll play 60 full minutes. Until then we're going to be losing those games."
Perry tied the game at 9:19 of the third on a redirection and the Ducks took advantage of a Jason Chimera holding call to go in front. Francois Beauchemin and Perry both had shots at the net, but Norrena came up with the stops. Selanne swept in the rebound from the left circle.
Anaheim held on in the closing seconds when a shot from the right circle trickled between the pads of Giguere, but the puck danced through the crease.
Getzlaf scored 77 seconds into the game on a rebound from the left side of the net, but Novotny evened the contest with a shorthanded tally nearly three minutes later.
With Kristian Huselius in the penalty box for hooking, Andrew Murray got the puck on a breakaway, but was denied by Giguere. Murray stayed with the puck behind the net before setting up Novotny on a one-timer from the low slot for the equalizer.
The Blue Jackets went ahead 2-1 just 37 seconds into the middle period on Brassard's third goal of the season. Chimera sent the puck from the left corner to the inside edge of the left circle for Brassard's successful one- timer.
Murray had another breakaway chance denied by Giguere with 5 1/2 minutes left in the second.
The Ducks play nine of their next 10 games at home, starting with Wednesday's game against Detroit...The Blue Jackets are on the road versus Colorado Thursday...Anaheim has taken four straight in the series and has wins in six of the last seven stops in Columbus...The Ducks were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets were 0-for-6.
10/28 00:20:26 ET