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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Anaheim



(Sunday, March 5th)

Final Score: Columbus 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2, at Arrowhead Pond.

Pascal Leclaire made 43 saves and did not allow a goal in the shootout for the Blue Jackets, who ended a four game slide. Jaroslav Balastik and Nikolai Zherdev scored for Columbus in regulation.

Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald netted goals for the Mighty Ducks, who have dropped two of their last three games overall. Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on 34 shots.

In the shootout, the first two shooters for each club could not light the lamp. Nash then darted in on Giguere and faked on his backhand, and stuffed the puck just inside the left post for the goal. At the other end, Teemu Selanne fired a wrist shot in close that Leclaire knocked away with his glove to give Columbus the extra point.

"I wanted to shoot early, but he (Giguere) took it away, so I had to adapt," Nash said. "I almost deked myself out, but a goal is a goal and they all count."

The Blue Jackets opened the scoring 11:02 into the opening period as Balastik netted a power-play goal. The tally was Columbus' first goal with the man advantage in five games.

With 3:30 left in the first period, Anaheim evened the score at 1-1. On the power play, Francois Beauchemin cranked a slap shot from the right point that Getzlaf deflected in front through the five hole of Leclaire.

About a 1:30 later, Columbus regained the lead as Zherdev took a pass from Nash and from the right corner moved to the slot, sending a backhander past Giguere on his glove side.

In the middle session, the Ducks fired 18 shots on Leclaire and he was up to the task, stopping all of them to keep Columbus in front by a goal.

In the final frame, Anaheim had a golden opportunity to tie things up when they were awarded a penalty shot with 7:46 remaining. Leclaire came up big though, stopping defenseman Scott Niedermayer's wrist shot in close.

With 2:24 left in regulation, the Ducks tied it up as McDonald poked a rebound past Leclaire from just outside the crease.

"We just need to get a better start," said Giguere. "We need to play like we did in the second and third periods for a full sixty minutes."

In the extra session, Anaheim had a power-play opportunity, but could not get the puck past Leclaire.

Game Notes

Columbus improved to 9-22-2 on the road this season...The Blue Jackets went 2- for-9 on the power play while the Ducks went 1-fo-6 on the man advantage...Anaheim dropped to 18-9-5 at home on the campaign...Selanne had two assists.

03/05 19:48:39 ET


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