Columbus 3, Anaheim 2 - Shootout

Saturday, 03.4.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Columbus 3, Anaheim 2 - Shootout

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rick Nash scored the only goal in the shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

The loss was the Ducks’ 12th overtime or shootout loss this season which leads the NHL.  Anaheim also gave up one point in the playoff chase and now sit four points from the eighth and last Western Conference playoff seed as Edmonton bested Nashville in overtime.

“It’s disappointing. I know we came back to tie it when we were down by a goal and go into overtime, but right now that’s not good enough,” said Andy McDonald whose 20th goal at 17:36 of the third period tied the contest.  “The way this conference is going, it’s probably going to be a point difference for that last playoff spot.”

Columbus started the scoring in the first period when Jaroslav Balastik (10, Vyborny, Hrdina) scored his 10th goal of the season on the power play at 11:02.

“It’s disturbing because we didn’t start the way we need to start,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  That’s been the story the last three games since we came out of the break. We’ve had to battle back. Points are too important now and we’ve got to find a way to shake ourselves out of those doldrums early.”

The Ducks evened things at 16:30 of the first period as Ryan Getzlaf (9, Beauchemin, Selanne) deflected a Francois Beauchemin slap shot on the power play for his ninth goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets got the one-goal lead back less than two minutes later when Nikolai Zherdev (22, Nash, Fedorov) got his 22nd on the season on the power play at 18:18.

After a scoreless second and much of the third period, McDonald (20, S. Niedermayer, Selanne) tallied at 17:36 of the third period to tie the contest, 2-2.

The game would go to overtime where the Ducks could not convert on a 4-on-3 power play advantage.  In the shootout only Nash would find the back of the net to lift the Blue Jackets to the 3-2 victory.

“We just have to find a way to have a better start,” said Ducks netminder JS Giguere.  “The last three games we’ve gotten in trouble because of our start. We know what to do here to be prepared and we just need to do that. If we play like we did in the second and third periods for 60 minutes, we’ll come out winning most of the games.”

The Ducks next face San Jose on Tuesday 7:30 PM at the Arrowhead Pond.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58


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