Previous Game: Perry's Late Goal Leads Ducks Past Blue Jackets

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Previous Game: Perry\'s Late Goal Leads Ducks Past Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS \u2013 Scoring the winning goal is nothing new for Corey Perry, but the Anaheim Ducks will never get tired of it. Perry scored with 2:25 to play and the Ducks survived the loss of another player for a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
COLUMBUS – Scoring the winning goal is nothing new for Corey Perry, but the Anaheim Ducks will never get tired of it.

Perry scored with 2:25 to play and the Ducks survived the loss of another player for a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

His 24 game-winners since the start of the 2010-11 season rank second only to the 25 by Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Perry took a bouncing puck off the end board to the left of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He faked shooting as he skated to the right, then put a shot over the sprawling Bobrovsky. He leads the Ducks with six goals.

“It was one of those ones that takes a weird hop and comes right to me,” Perry said. “If it didn’t go in I’d probably hear it from the bench. I knew what I had to do with it once I got by (Bobrovsky).”

Artem Anisimov had two goals for Columbus, including tying the game, 3-3, near the midpoint of the third period after Emerson Etem put Anaheim ahead earlier in the period during a five-minute power play.

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was given a major for interference and a game misconduct when he hit Saku Koivu in the face at 19:25 of the second period. Dubinsky did not leave his feet, but his shoulder appeared to hit Koivu in the jaw. Koivu did not return.

Dubinsky said he didn’t feel his hit warranted an ejection but he realizes The League is worried about all contact to the head area.

“I don’t agree with the call but the refs see it at game speed and have to make the call,” Dubinsky said. “I don’t think I’m a dirty player. I don’t think I was trying to target his head. I understand the league is trying to crack down on hits to the head. I don’t think it was. It's a game, we're all competitive and you want to make sure everybody's safe.

“Obviously I feel bad that Koivu didn’t return to play.”

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Koivu was knocked out on the play, but was walking around in the dressing room after the game. Boudreau said he had not watched video of the play and would not comment.

Dubinsky checked Koivu just after the Ducks player released the puck.

“I was going to finish the check,” Dubinsky said. “I know he moved the puck but it was less than a second between him moving the puck and when the hit actually happened. I think my shoulder and elbow were tucked.”

Emerson gave the Ducks the temporary 3-2 lead and an emotional left at 1:51 on a rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot from the slot for his second goal.

“I thought it would be a complete game changer if we don’t score on that power play,” Boudreau said.

Anaheim still had 2:36 of power play remaining after Etem scored, but were unable to add any insurance and it would come back to haunt them because Anisimov responded at 11:36 by redirecting a shot from the right point by James Wisniewski to make it 3-3.

Still, the Blue Jackets were unhappy allowing even one goal while being down for so long.

“Guys on the penalty kill take a lot of pride in it,” Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau said. “I don’t think they were happy giving up one. We wanted to kill all five minutes.”

Once Perry put the Ducks ahead they held off the Blue Jackets despite taking their first penalty with 97 seconds remaining. Columbus pulled Sergei Bobrovsky for a two-man advantage, but managed only one shot on Frederik Andersen, who had 18 saves.

The Blue Jackets (5-6-0) had won the first three of a four-game homestand.

Anaheim (9-3-0) reached the halfway mark of an eight-game trip with a 2-2 record.

Goals by Comeau and Anisimov, shorthanded, tied the game at 2 for the Blue Jackets through two periods to counter goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Peter Holland.

The game took a similar pattern to the Blue Jackets 5-2 win Friday as they took a 1-0 lead after one period – Comeau scored his first of the season at 12:56 – but allowed the equalizer quickly into the middle period.

Phil Kessel scored just 40 seconds in for the Maple Leafs, but Getzlaf bettered that, getting his fifth goal after 19 seconds off a pass by Corey Perry. Getzlaf one-timed the feed through the pads of Bobrovsky.

“We came out flat in the second period and they took advantage of it,” Comeau said.

Bobrovsky was also shaky on Anaheim’s second goal when he left the post unprotected for Holland’s first goal at 6:59.

Columbus was in the midst killing its third penalty when, just like Friday, it got a shorthanded goal.

Dubinsky had the Blue Jackets first man-down goal of the season against the Maple Leafs, but this time he set up Anisimov at 12:12.

The Blue Jackets had taken the momentum back but all that changed on the hit by Dubinsky.

Both teams had to reboot their lineups after losing a pair of players each in their previous games.

Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg broke his hand because of a slash by Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators and forward Mathieu Perreault came out of the 2-1 win Friday with a sprained left wrist.

Also, Dustin Penner was injured Oct. 20 after a hit to the head by Ryan Garbutt of Dallas and has missed the past four games, but is skating again and could play in the next game or two.

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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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