NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Columbus
(Saturday, December 12th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Bobby Ryan scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period and also dished out an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks snapped a nine-game road skid with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Corey Perry and Dan Sexton also scored for the Ducks, who won as the visitor for the first time since October 10 against the Flyers. Jonas Hiller turned aside 35-of-36 shots for Anaheim, which has earned at least one point in five consecutive games (2-0-3).
"Well, we haven't played that many road games if you look at it comparatively. I think we have played just 12. The problem is that five of them we lost in either overtime or a shootout so there are five more points that we missed. You get upset that you only have two wins we had five points that we left out there," Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle said.
R.J. Umberger had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost two in a row and five of six overall. Steve Mason stopped 22-of-25 shots in defeat.
"We had a poor first period and we were alright in the second and the third," Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Sexton chipped home a rebound with 3:52 left in the first period to give the Ducks the early edge.
Anaheim scored with 55 seconds left in the second to build a two-goal margin. Sheldon Brookbank controlled the disc in his own zone before sliding a pass to center ice. Ryan gathered the pass and charged down the left side before making a move in front of the net and sliding the puck into an open net.
Umberger's goal just 19 ticks later cut the deficit to 2-1, as he controlled a loose disc behind the net and fired a shot on net that went off the skate of Hiller and into the net.
Perry's power-play score at the 13:47 mark of the third sealed the victory for the Ducks.
Ryan Whitney had two assists for the Ducks...Hiller made 13 saves in the third period...Columbus went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Anaheim went 1- for-2...Despite the loss, the Blue Jackets are 2-1 against Anaheim this season.
12/12 22:22:59 ET