Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 1
On a night Teemu Selanne
rose further up the NHL's all-time goals list, the Ducks were unable to get any other offense to support him and lost on the road at Columbus 3-1.
Down a pair of goals in the final period of regulation, Selanne connected for his 609th career goal to break a tie with Dino Ciccarelli and move into sole possession of 16th place on the league's career goals.
But that would be the closest Anaheim (2-4-1) would come to the Blue Jackets, who got an empty-netter in the final minute to the victory.
Rick Nash scored two goals and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots to lead Columbus before 9,802 fans— the smallest home crowd in Blue Jackets history.
Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had been pushed around by the Blackhawks in their home opener. Disgusted fans booed them after the second period and later booed a lackluster power play.
“We played well,” said MacKenzie, who has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his 69 NHL games. “Do we have room to improve? Yeah. There were a few parts in the game where we took penalties. Those are things on some nights that are going to catch up to us. For the most part the guys had a gritty, hardworking game.”
The previous low attendance for the Blue Jackets, in their 10th season, was 10,494, also against Anaheim on Oct. 27, 2008.
Nash scored with the help of an opposing defenseman in the second period for a 2-0 lead, then drilled an empty-netter with 30 seconds left as the Ducks were turning up the pressure.
“We were trying not to (just hang on),” he said of the third period, when the Blue Jackets were outshot 12-6. “But they really turned it up. They started cheating (in the offensive zone) a lot more—and it was working.”
After a scoreless first, the Blue Jackets broke through when MacKenzie collected a loose puck and skated solo down the left wing. As defenseman Sheldon Brookbank
pinched in, MacKenzie leaned in to keep him away from the puck, sliding it through Jonas Hiller
’s leg pads for his second of the season.
Just 1:21 later, Nash appeared to be passing to Antoine Vermette at the right doorstep, but defenseman Toni Lydman
tried to block the puck from getting through but instead deflected it in off his right hand and stick.
“We did some things very well but we made some mistakes,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “We give up a goal to MacKenzie, a slap shot into the pads; that’s a mistake. Then the next thing you know, Nash gets a goal and it kind of goes off our defenseman.”
The Blue Jackets killed off four straight minor penalties in the second period. The Ducks came in sixth in the NHL on the power play with a 26 percent success rate, while Columbus was 24th on the kill at 76 percent.
“The power play wasn’t effective tonight,” the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf
said. “Those things kill you in games. You have to win those special teams’ battles.”
Mason was solid throughout.
“We responded after they got the (Selanne) goal,” he said. “We did a really good job of blocking shots and making sure that the second opportunities that were there were taken away.”
NOTES: D Danny Syvret
, recalled earlier this week from Syracuse (AHL) by Anaheim, played 21 shifts totaling 15:27 of ice time. … Columbus LW Ethan Moreau was hit by a shot at 4 minutes of the second period, breaking his hand. He did not return. … Selanne’s goal moved him to 16th on the career list, breaking a tie with Dino Ciccarelli.
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