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Columbus 1, Anaheim 0

Wednesday, 12.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Columbus 1, Anaheim 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets needed only one goal to win, and they didn't even score it themselves.

Jason Chimera was credited with a goal that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne slid into his own net late in the third period, giving the Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory against the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.

With heavy traffic to the right of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the puck squirted into the crease. Selanne tried to freeze the puck under his goaltender, but it trickled across the line with just 3:07 remaining.

"I realized he didn't see it and I tried to put my stick behind him," said Selanne, who was stopped on an earlier breakaway. "Then I accidentally hit his pads and pushed it more into the goal. It's a tough break, especially when we had so many chances."

Chimera's linemate Mike Rupp was in the mix looking for the puck.

"I saw the puck was loose, so in that situation you just start digging," Rupp said. "Whoever touched it last, it doesn't matter. Jason has a better celebration than I do, so I'm glad they gave it to him."

The teams traded chances the entire game with both goaltenders making tough saves. Marc Denis made 40 saves in posting his 15th career shutout. Columbus has won two straight after losing six in a row.

"As the game went on you kind of think it will be one of those cheap goals you never want to see go in, but I'm just happy I saw it go in the other net," Denis said.

Giguere stopped 41 shots for Anaheim, 5-4-2 in its last 11. The Ducks have only three road wins this season, tied for the fewest in the NHL.

"I didn't think anyone was going to score," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "Both goaltenders were fabulous. I thought it was going to go to a shootout."

The Blue Jackets' third line of Chimera, Rupp and Trevor Letowski created several scoring chances in the third period.

Letowski, who has one goal in 27 games, twice was stopped by Giguere on odd-man rushes. He also fired wide from close range midway through the period.

"They were just getting a little tired and we started taking it to them," Chimera said.

The game was the first between the teams since a Nov. 15 trade that sent former MVP Sergei Fedorov from Anaheim to Columbus for Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin. Todd Marchant, another former Blue Jackets player, was claimed off waivers by the Ducks one week later.

Beauchemin nearly scored midway through the first period, joining in a counterattack, but his shot hit the left post.

Columbus also had early opportunities but failed to convert on a 1:16 two-man advantage late in the period, and on a 1:22 two-man advantage in the early stages of the second.

"It seems for whatever reason, if we take our free hand off our stick, no matter what happens we got a penalty for it," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

The game turned chippy starting midway through the second period as the teams totaled 36 penalty minutes in a 1:19 span. That included two fights in four seconds.

Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul, working off the right half boards, eluded a check and threaded a pass to a streaking Chris Kunitz but Denis gloved Kunitz's shot from just inside the hash marks at 16:30.

"Marc Denis was standing on his head all night long," Chimera said.

Columbus finished 0-for-10 on the power play. The Ducks were 0-for-4.

Game notes

Since the trade, Fedorov has seven points. Wright, Marchant and Beauchemin have combined for 20. ... Columbus D Bryan Berard, tied for second on the team with 19 points, missed his fifth consecutive game with a bulging disc in his lower back. ... Ducks C Zenon Konopka was given a game misconduct because his jersey wasn't tied down and it came off during a fight with Adam Foote. ... Blue Jackets C Jan Hrdina left in the second period with a chest injury and didn't return.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28


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