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|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
ANAHEIM – Say this about the Anaheim Ducks: They’re rarely boring.
In a game they dominated for most of the first 58 minutes on their way to a three-goal lead, the Ducks still didn’t seal the deal until a Rob Niedermayer breakaway goal with 35 seconds left.
|Getzlaf had two goals, including the 3,000th in franchise history, to pace the Ducks to the 5-3 victory.
That’s because Anaheim gave up late consecutive scores to the Blue Jackets in a span of 1:19 to watch a 4-1 lead dwindle to 4-3 with under a minute left. But as the Jackets were trying for the tying goal, Niedermayer stole the puck in the Columbus end and beat goaltender Pascal Leclaire one on one to put the nail in the coffin.
"When you have that 4-1 lead you have to be able to stay focused," said Ryan Getzlaf, who had two goals on the night. "It was a position where we let up a little bit I think, a few plays were lackadaisical and that turns into scoring chances. It’s not a concern at all. We’re going to take our win and go."
Following a second period in which Getzlaf scored twice and Ryan Carter added another, Anaheim took a seemingly insurmountable lead when Bobby Ryan scored with 5:31 left in the contest. Ryan took a nice feed from George Parros and while his initial shot was stopped by Leclaire, Ryan poked the loose puck underneath him.
But Columbus didn’t stop fighting, cutting into the lead with 2:05 left on a slap shot by Kris Russell that snuck under Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Then Fredrik Modin made it a one-goal game just after Leclaire headed to the bench for an extra attacker, sending a shot on net from the right wing that bounced off Giguere, then hit the post and landed over the stripe.
That made the final minute a lot more interesting than it originally looked like it would be, until Niedermayer broke the tension and helped Anaheim to its third straight home win and fifth out of the last seven overall.
The Ducks outshot the Jackets 34-32, the first time in 10 games the Ducks have outshot their opponent (they’re 6-3-1 over that stretch).
Anaheim went into that third period somewhat comfortably in front as Getzlaf scored two in the middle session to help stake the Ducks to a 3-1 lead. After a mostly listless first stanza, Getzlaf got things going early in the second, finding the net just 1:33 into it. Getzlaf’s initial shot bounced off goalie Pascal Leclaire, who was caught way out of the crease when the puck kicked back to Getzlaf. That gave him the angle to gather the puck and backhand it past Leclaire and defenseman Mike Commodore.
Ryan combined with Carter to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 7:29, as Ryan hustled down the right wing before waiting for the perfect time to feed across to a charging Carter, who punched it through.
|The fourth line of (L-R) Ryan, Carter and Parros teamed for two goals and five points.
The Jackets fought back with a rare power play goal eight minutes later, as Derick Brassard threw the puck at Giguere from a low angle and got it to bounce off the goalie inside the near post. It was just the 12th man advantage goal of the year for Columbus, who entered the game with the league’s worst power play percentage at just 9.60.
Getzlaf and Corey Perry teamed to restore the Ducks’ two-goal cushion in the period, as Perry fought two Jackets for the puck near the right post before feeding Getzlaf, who batted it home for his 12th of the season. Not only that, it was the 3,000th goal in Ducks franchise history.
"That’s cool," Getzlaf said. "It’s part of another milestone in this organization that has done so much for me. Hopefully I can be here for a lot more."
That wasn’t the only milestone reached on the night, as Giguere’s 29 saves led to his 200th career victory.
The line of Ryan, Parros and Carter combined for two goals and five points on the night, thanks in part to Parros' career-high two assists.
"I am definitely happy," Parros said. "I just keep going forward from here. It’s important for me to build on that, so I can continue the success later on in the second half of the season. Really the important thing is obviously the win tonight. We’re in no position to give away points, so we’re happy for that. "
Parros was named one of the three stars of the game, something he estimated hadn't happened since his minor league days. "It’s been awhile," he said with a chuckle. "I had to ask Getzy to make sure I knew what to do."
The Ducks have recorded points in six of the last eight (5-2-1). The club has also earned points in eight of their last 11 games (6-3-2) and 17 of the last 22 (14-5-3).
Anaheim has a three-game win streak at HOME and has picked up points in five of the last six games at Honda Center (4-1-1).
Ryan Getzlaf’s two goals marked his second multi-goal game this season (also Nov. 5 vs. STL) and the seventh of his career. He now has points in 10 of his last 11 games (6-9=15) and 19 of 21 (12-22=34 with a +12 rating). He also has a six-game HOME point streak (5-4=9).
George Parros established a career high with two assists tonight (0-2=2) and matched a career high for points in a game (also Oct. 20, 2005 w/LA at DAL, 1-1=2).
Corey Perry had an assist tonight, giving him 7-19=26 points with a +8 in his last 22 games. He also has a seven-game HOME point streak (2-7=10).
With a goal and an assist tonight (1-1=2), Bobby Ryan earned his second multiple-point game of the season and third of his career. He has collected 1-3=4 points in the last five games.
With a goal tonight, Rob Niedermayer has collected 3-1=4 points in the last four games.
Today’s attendance was 16,914.
|Ryan Getzlaf (11) ASST: Chris Kunitz (11), Bret Hedican (1)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Ryan Carter (3) ASST: Bobby Ryan (5), George Parros (3)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Derick Brassard (9) ASST: Fedor Tyutin (9), Clay Wilson (1)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Ryan Getzlaf (12) ASST: Corey Perry (20), Chris Kunitz (12)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Bobby Ryan (3) ASST: George Parros (4), Samuel Pahlsson (5)|
4 - 1 ANA
|Kris Russell (1) ASST: Jason Chimera (11), Derick Brassard (13)|
4 - 2 ANA
|Freddy Modin (5) ASST: Fedor Tyutin (10), Kris Russell (2)|
4 - 3 ANA
|Rob Niedermayer (6) ASST: NONE|
5 - 3 ANA
|Fedor Tyutin Interference against Teemu Selanne|
|Rob Niedermayer Tripping against Derick Brassard|
|George Parros Fighting (maj) against Jared Boll|
|Jared Boll Fighting (maj) against George Parros|
|Rick Nash Hooking against Brett Festerling|
|Samuel Pahlsson Interference against Rick Nash|
|Brett Festerling Holding the stick against Rick Nash|
|Kristian Huselius Hooking against Brett Festerling|
|Manny Malhotra Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Misconduct (10 min)|
|Bobby Ryan Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Ryan Carter Misconduct (10 min)|
|Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Fighting (maj) against Ryan Carter|
|Ryan Carter Fighting (maj) against Ole-Kristian Tollefsen|
|Corey Perry Hooking against Marc Methot|
|Todd Marchant Hi stick - double minor against R.J. Umberger|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:52|
|Saves: 29||EV: 20 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .853||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 32||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 29||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 11|
|SV%: .906||SH: 1 - 1|
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