NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Anaheim
(Wednesday, March 14th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - David Vyborny's tally in the fifth round of the shootout sent Columbus over Anaheim, 5-4, at the Honda Center.
Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin had a goal and two assists each for the Blue Jackets, who stopped a two-game slide. Nikolai Zherdev scored twice, and Fredrik Norrena made 34 saves to post his 19th win of the season.
Francois Beauchemin lit the lamp twice for the Ducks, who saw their five-game win streak come to a halt. Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored, Scott Niedermayer picked up three assists and Teemu Selanne posted a pair of helpers in a losing cause.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 23 shots in the loss, breaking a personal five- game win streak.
After nine shots failed to produce a goal, Vyborny notched the game-winner as he skated down the center of the ice and scored on a high forehand on the left side after Giguere dropped to his knees early to prevent a low shot.
"If you compete this hard, you're gonna be able to beat all the teams you face whether it's these guys or Nashville or Dallas," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We're getting better by the day."
The shootout loss provided Anaheim with a point, and with 96 on the season, the Ducks are nine points ahead of Dallas in the Pacific Division and three points behind Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Lucky to be tied after two periods of play, the Blue Jackets shocked the Western Conference two seed and took a 4-3 lead with 7:11 to play in regulation as Nash snuck one through Giguere.
However, Kunitz broke free of a Columbus backchecker and directed home Selanne's feed with 1:50 to play for a 4-4 tie.
Both sides had a chance to end the game with a power play in overtime, but were unsuccessful.
"I don't think we should be happy with the way we played tonight," said Giguere. "We didn't have the level of emotion that we should have had. I know sometimes it's hard to play against teams that play for nothing, but we shouldn't worry about that, we should worry about our job."
Midway through the first, Perry gave the home team a 1-0 when his desperation pass from the corner banked off the back of Norrena's pad, then Columbus responded on the power play at 18:51, when Modin chipped a loose puck over several bodies in the crease and past Giguere.
Anaheim led 2-1 as Beauchemin netted his fifth of the season on a deflection at 2:40 of the second, but the Jackets came back with two straight tallies by Zherdev 1:03 apart to take a 3-2 lead. However, Beauchemin responded at 13:02 with a cannon shot from 40 feet, and the Ducks entered the third period in a 3-3 deadlock.
Columbus has won five of the last seven meetings, and three straight at Honda Center...Anaheim continues its eight-game homestand when it welcomes Chicago on Friday, while Columbus heads to San Jose on Friday.
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