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Anaheim 4, Columbus 3

Saturday, 03.18.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Anaheim 4, Columbus 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After seeing Francois Beauchemin play against them, the Columbus Blue Jackets might want him back.

Joffrey Lupul scored to snap a third-period tie, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 on Sunday.

Lupul stepped up late, but Beauchemin caused Columbus trouble all night.

Beauchemin, acquired midseason from Columbus for Sergei Fedorov, scored the first goal, had an assist, got in a few scuffles and cleared away a potential tying goal late for Anaheim.

The Mighty Ducks have won eight of 11 to get within striking distance of eighth-place Vancouver in the Western Conference playoff race.

"That's what happens sometimes when you battle hard, compete and you want to win," Beauchemin said. "You've got to do whatever it takes."

Travis Moen and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, and Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne had two assists each.

Nikolai Zherdev, Dan Fritsche and Rick Nash had goals for the Blue Jackets, losers of four straight and 10 of 14.

"I am real disappointed," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "We played about 40 minutes. The Ducks were hungrier."

Columbus pressed for the equalizer during a late, two-man advantage but the Ducks held on. Jean-Sebastien Giguere robbed Nash from close range with 2 seconds left.

"The last 20 seconds there were a lot of shots, a lot of rebounds," Beauchemin said. "Jiggy made the key saves there to get the win."

With the game tied 3-3 in the third, Selanne slid a backhand pass from the goal line to Lupul. The Columbus defense collapsed low and Lupul, unchecked, fired the puck into an open net at 11:10 for the power-play score - his 24th goal of the season.

"I was chasing the defenseman in, actually, for the puck beside the net and his stick got caught in the net and broke his stick," Lupul said. "I'm sure Teemu must have known his stick was broken. He just threw it to me, and the defenseman kind of couldn't do too much there with no stick."

After Nash converted his 21st on another counterattack with Zherdev to make it 3-1 early in the second period, Anaheim responded quickly to tie it.

"Our players deserve the credit," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "They took the responsibility. We got down 3-1, we battled back. We found a way."

Following a mad scramble near the Blue Jackets crease, Moen shot the puck from the left corner and hit goalie Marc Denis, who was backpedaling. The puck trickled inside the near post at 4:09.

Just 1:24 later, a shot nicked the stick of defenseman Radoslav Suchy in the slot and found an open Perry, who snapped a shot past Denis at 5:33 to tie it 3-3.

"We stuck with it," Lupul said. "We got a couple timely goals there in the second."

With the game still tied, Carlyle replaced Ilya Bryzgalov with Giguere at 11:24 of the second period.

"You hope that your goaltender, that no matter who's in there, is going to provide you with a level of goaltending that you have a chance to win," he said. "I didn't think we were getting that early in the game, so I made the change."

A weak point shot through traffic by Beauchemin sneaked past Denis to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 5:51 of the opening period.

Zherdev tallied his 25th on the power play to tie it at 13:11. Streaking down the left wing, Nash flipped a pass to Zherdev, who redirected the puck past Bryzgalov.

Just 43 seconds later, Fritsche deflected Suchy's long shot after a faceoff win by Jan Hrdina to give Columbus a 2-1 lead.

Game notes

Fedorov missed his second consecutive game with a strained back. ... Beauchemin, who had only two points when traded, has 29. He entered tied for fourth in scoring among rookie defensemen. ... Columbus is 7-3 against the Ducks at home. ... Anaheim had held opponents to two goals or fewer in nine of 11 games. ... Linesman Lyle Seitz injured a leg with 4:13 remaining and didn't return.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92


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