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Ducks 5, Columbus 2

Thursday, 03.29.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks 5, Columbus 2

Chris Pronger scored two goals and the Ducks had three in the third period to take down Columbus 5-2 at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus got on the board first with a goal by defenseman Aaron Johnson 6:40 into the second period. But Pronger brought Anaheim back with a strike with just 40 second remaining in the period.

Anaheim went down 2-1 when former Duck Sergei Fedorov netted one just a minute into the third. But the Ducks evened it on the power play on a nifty feed from Teemu Selanne to Francois Beauchemin. The Ducks then took the lead for good on the power play as Ryan Getzlaf connected.

Pronger added insurance at 14:53 into the third and Selanne got his 45th on the season on an empty netter with 1.2 seconds remaining.

It was the first victory in three tries for the Ducks over the Blue Jackets, despite the wide disparity between the two in the Western Conference standings.

The win gave the Ducks a six-point lead in the Pacific Division race over Dallas and San Jose. The Ducks play again Saturday at St. Louis. They face the Jackets one more time, in the regular season finale in Columbus on April 7.

FINAL

1 2 3 T
Anaheim   0 1 4 5
Columbus   0 1 1 2

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4 p.m. (PDT) at Nationwide Arena
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket    Radio: AM 830

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hardly been the class of the Western Conference, yet tonight the Ducks will look for their first win of the season against them.

Anaheim is four points ahead of Dallas and San Jose in the Pacific Division, and trails Nashville by just three points for the top seed in the Western Conference. A win give the Ducks a six-point lead in the division race, since Dallas and San Jose are idle.

The Ducks' 102 standings points are 31 more than the Blue Jackets, yet Columbus has won both of the previous two meetings. That includes two one-goal wins at Honda Center, most recently a 5-4 shootout victory on March 14.

The Blue Jackets have won four of the last five meetings overall between the clubs and are 7-3-0 at home in the all-time series.

The Ducks close the regular season at Columbus again, on April 7.

Western Conference Standings
RK GP W L   OT PTS GF GA HOME AWAY L10
1 x - NASHVILLE* 77 49 21   7 105 259 200 27-6-4 22-15-3 5-3-2
2 x - ANAHEIM* 77 45 20   12 102 243 196 26-6-8 19-14-4 6-3-1
3 x - VANCOUVER* 76 46 23   7 99 206 185 25-9-4 21-14-3 7-1-2
4 x - DETROIT 76 46 19   11 103 233 188 27-4-7 19-15-4 5-3-2
5 x - DALLAS 76 46 24   6 98 210 183 26-10-2 20-14-4 8-1-1
6 x - SAN JOSE 77 47 26   4 98 238 186 22-12-3 25-14-1 7-1-2
7 x - MINNESOTA 77 45 24   8 98 221 184 26-6-5 19-18-3 9-0-1
8 CALGARY 76 41 25   10 92 240 205 30-7-2 11-18-8 5-4-1
9 COLORADO 76 39 30   7 85 251 236 20-15-3 19-15-4 7-1-2
10 ST LOUIS 76 31 33   12 74 196 236 17-19-3 14-14-9 3-5-2
11 COLUMBUS 76 32 37   7 71 192 229 17-16-4 15-21-3 6-4-0
12 EDMONTON 77 31 39   7 69 189 233 19-19-3 12-20-4 1-8-1
13 LOS ANGELES 77 26 37   14 66 216 264 15-15-9 11-22-5 4-3-3
14 PHOENIX 76 29 42   5 63 201 265 16-18-3 13-24-2 2-6-2
15 CHICAGO 76 27 40   9 63 186 242 14-20-4 13-20-5 3-7-0
x - clinched playoff spot y - clinched division z - clinched conference
p - clinched Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)
Anaheim improved to 1-1 on its four-game road trip Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over last-place Chicago, as rookie Dustin Penner scored twice in the second period.

It was just the second win in five games for the Ducks, who had gone 8-0-2 in their previous 10.

Penner - third among NHL rookies with 28 goals - had played just two shifts in the final two periods of Anaheim's 3-2 overtime win over Dallas last Friday.

"I've been riding the individual to the point where I'm going to have to quit or he's going to get better," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Tonight, he got better."

Penner, who had only two goals and two assists in nine games prior to Wednesday, said he benefited from Carlyle's wakeup call.

"Whenever you get benched, it's for a reason, so you have to take a look in the mirror, step back, refocus and see where you faltered," Penner said. "I would never had guessed I'd be in this situation (successful in the NHL), but I've got to stop thinking like that. I know what I have to do to play at this level."

With backup Ilya Bryzgalov making 20 saves Wednesday, Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to be back in net for this game. Giguere is 8-1-2 in his last 11 games against the Blue Jackets.

Although they will not make the first playoff appearance in their history, the Blue Jackets are finishing this season strong with victories in their last four contests.

Fredrik Modin scored twice and Fredrik Norrena stopped 19 shots Tuesday as Columbus completed a home-and-home sweep of St. Louis with a 4-1 victory.

The Blue Jackets have outscored opponents 15-5 during their four-game run. Columbus, which won a season-high five straight games Dec. 2-12, needs four points in its final six games to surpass last season's franchise record of 74.

Modin and Norrena have played the biggest roles during the current streak. Modin has five goals in the last four games, while Norrena has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last six starts.

"I'm playing well, I'm playing with confidence," Norrena said. "It's nice."

Modin has two goals and two assists in this season's two meetings with Anaheim.

- Associated Press contributed to this report.

SEASON SERIES
DATE SCORE WINNING GOALIE GWG
Mar 14, 2007 5 - 4 F. NORRENA D. VYBORNY
Jan 5, 2007 4 - 3 F. NORRENA M. MALHOTRA

DATE 1st STAR
Mar 14, 2007 FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN
Jan 5, 2007 ROSTISLAV KLESLA

RECENT 5 GAMES
DATE RESULT DATE RESULT
Mar 28, 2007   ANA 3 @ CHI 1
Mar 26, 2007   ANA 0 @ DET 1
Mar 23, 2007   DAL 2 @ ANA 3
Mar 22, 2007   ANA 1 @ PHX 2
Mar 18, 2007   LAK 5 @ ANA 3
Mar 27, 2007   CBJ 4 @ STL 1
Mar 25, 2007   STL 1 @ CBJ 4
Mar 22, 2007   CBJ 2 @ DET 1
Mar 20, 2007   CHI 2 @ CBJ 5
Mar 17, 2007   CBJ 3 @ LAK 5

NEXT 5 GAMES
DATE DATE
Mar 29, 2007   ANA @ CBJ
Mar 31, 2007   ANA @ STL
Apr 4, 2007   SJS @ ANA
Apr 6, 2007   ANA @ DAL
Apr 7, 2007   ANA @ CBJ
Mar 29, 2007   ANA @ CBJ
Mar 30, 2007   CBJ @ CHI
Apr 1, 2007   DET @ CBJ
Apr 3, 2007   CBJ @ DET
Apr 5, 2007   DAL @ CBJ

ANA Schedule CBJ Schedule


TEAM COMPARISON
2006-2007 Team Stats
102 Points: 71
45 Wins: 32
5 ShutOuts: 4
3 Power Play Rank: 25
7 Penalty Kill Rank: 18
.741 Win % When Leading After 1: .800
.857 Win % When Leading After 2: .808
.450 Win % When Trailing After 1: .069
.200 Win % When Trailing After 2: .128


TEAM LEADERS
GOALS: T. SELANNE 44 R. NASH 24
ASSISTS: S. NIEDERMAYER 51 D. VYBORNY 48
POINTS: T. SELANNE 86 D. VYBORNY 64
+/-: C. PRONGER 26 A. ERIKSSON 11
OT GOALS: T. SELANNE 2 D. VYBORNY 2

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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