By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – While the Ducks seemed to cure most of what had ailed them in the last week, they still weren’t able to withstand the Columbus Blue Jacket attack in dropping a 6-4 decision at Honda Center.
|Lupul (left) scored twice, but it wasn't enough for the Ducks in a 6-4 defeat.
A Ducks team plagued recently by slow starts jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one period. A once-struggling Anaheim power play came through with two goals. A previously latent offense found the net four times. But they didn't have enough defensively to hold off the Jackets, whose six goals over the last two periods handed the Ducks their third straight loss.
"It’s a frustrating time right now with the way things are going," said Ryan Getzlaf
, who assisted on three Anaheim goals. "We came out and had a good effort in the first period. We had that lead and let it slip away. It’s a hard thing to figure out, but we have to do it and do it quick."
Anaheim managed to wipe out a two-goal deficit in the third period on strikes by Joffrey Lupul
and Teemu Selanne
to make it 4-4. But instead of the Ducks using that momentum to jump in front, they gave up a surprising blue line goal from Fedor Tyutin with 3:22 left. And Rick Nash’s empty-netter with 16.0 remaining iced it.
Lupul got his second of the game (and third in the last two) 4:56 into the third period, one-timing a bouncing puck after Getzlaf deftly kept the play alive by poking the disc away from Nash.
The Ducks tied it up less than two minutes later on their second power play goal, when Saku Koivu
raced down the middle of the ice and fed Teemu Selanne
to his right. Selanne reached out and backhanded the puck over the shoulder of goalie Steve Mason, drawing a raucous reaction from the home crowd.
But they were later silenced by Tyutin’s goal, as he slapped at a puck bouncing on the blue line that curved through traffic and managed to elude Giguere. The veteran netminder, bothered the last few days by a groin strain, dropped to the ice facedown after the goal. After being tended to by trainer Tim Clark, he was replaced in net by Jonas Hiller
Hiller raced to the bench for an extra attacker with a little over the minute left, but the Ducks couldn’t capitalize as Nash put the same away with the empty-netter. He chased the puck into the corner and sent a shot past a pressuring James Wisniewski
and partner Ryan Whitney, who tried in vain to stand in front of the net to block it.
The Ducks, who have had trouble of late getting their game going early, looked good this time after one period, jumping out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a Lupul slap shot goal 6:12 into it. But the Ducks put themselves in a hole in the second period thanks to four Columbus tallies in the final 12 minutes (two by Jakub Voracek). Antoine Vermette tied the game 1-1 at 8:12 into the period when he dove after a bouncing puck in the slot and somehow slapped it past Giguere.
But Vermette’s tripping penalty a few minutes later helped allow the Ducks to retake the lead. On the power play, Scott Niedermayer gathered a Ryan Getzlaf
pass in the slot and fired a shot on net that kicked to the left of goalie Steve Mason and off the skate of defenseman Mike Commodore into the net.
It was a nice break for Anaheim, and 88 seconds later the Jackets got a similar one when Nash spun and fired a shot from the extended goal line that hit the left skate of Niedermayer and slid over the stripe.
Columbus then took its first lead with 3:15 left in the period, when Vermette went to his knees to get at a puck that was hugging the side of the net and sent it blindly behind his back into the slot. Giguere dove to try and block the pass, leaving him way out of position for Voracek’s shot from the slot into the open net.
Voracek gave the Jackets a two-goal cushion with 18.4 left in the stanza, after Vermette fired a shot on the rush from the blueline that fooled a lunging Giguere. It clanged off the inside of the far post right to Voracek, who redirected it through.
"We came out and played better," Lupul said, "but I didn’t really like the way we responded to some tough bounces. That stuff is going to happen. Those are things we have to be able to recover from. They got a couple of lucky goals. But we have to be able to respond better. After they got the first one, they really took it to us for awhile there."
Added Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, "When you go through stretches like we’re going through right now, it seems like when something has a chance to go wrong, it’s going wrong. You have to persevere, put your head down, not get too frustrated with the situation, go back to work and take the positives out of the game. We did score enough goals to win. Now, the other side is we have to be better defensively."
Anaheim (3-5-1) plays the fifth game of its six-game homestand Monday night against Toronto.
"It’s a mental game," Getzlaf said. "It’s part of our job and part of our job as a group. Everybody is professional here. I’ve never been part of a team with a losing mentality and it’s not going to start now. We’re going to work tomorrow, the next day and get ready for the next match."
Anaheim recorded a season-high 36 shots on net tonight.
recorded his first multiple-goal game of the season and the 15th of his career. His last was Mar. 28, 2009 (2-0=2, Philadelphia at NY Islanders). He also has a two-game goal streak (3-0=3).
registered his first multiple-point game of the season (0-3=3) and his first three-point game since Apr. 4, 2009 at San Jose (0-4=4). He has points in each of the last two games (1-3=4).
In his 300th game as an Anaheim Duck, Scott Niedermayer recorded his first multiple-point game of the season with a goal (first of the season) and an assist (1-1=2). He becomes the eighth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 300-game mark.
With tonight’s goal, Teemu Selanne
recorded his 1217th career point (584-633=1217), moving him past Jeremy Roenick and Larry Murphy for sole possession of 39th place on the NHL’s all-time points list. He is just two points shy of tying Jean Beliveau (507-712=1219) for 38th on the all-time points list.
Ryan Whitney has a two-game assist streak (0-2=2).
Tonight’s attendance was 14,468.
19:44 - COLUMBUS GOAL (EMPTY NET) - RICK NASH - With the puck skipping into the Anaheim end, Nash chases it down underneath the extended goal line. He gets pressure from Wisniewski before turning and firing on the empty net. Whitney is back there but can't block the high shot with the shaft of his stick and it gets through. It's 6-4 Columbus and this thing is over.
18:50 - Hiller sprints to the bench for an extra attacker.
17:41 - Hiller gloves a low shot through traffic and snatches it away.
16:38 - COLUMBUS GOAL - FEDOR TYUTIN - With the puck bouncing along the blue line, Tyutin steps up to it and fires it on net, where it curves through mild traffic and somehow eludes Giguere. He's flat on his stomach after the goal, seemingly in frustration, but it later appears he's hurt. Possibly it's the groin that's been bothering him and he's eventually replaced by Jonas Hiller. More imporantly, it gives Columbus a 5-4 lead with 3:22 left.
During the last timeout, a motivational video montage goes up on the board that starts with a clip of Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks in Miracle. Always a good one.
12:55 - Koivu races into the corner and feeds in front to Selanne, whose redirect try is just kicked away. Selanne slaps the ice in frustration.
9:30 - Holding the puck, Ryan battles with Nash up the ice, and as Ryan is losing his balance, Nash checks him to the ice. The crowd wants a penalty and voices their displeasure that none was called. But this time they're wrong.
8:29 - Nokelainen doesn't like a shove from Commodore after the whistle following a Mason puck freeze and Nokelainen vigorously cross-checks Commodore repeatedly. No calls.
6:43 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - On the rush, Koivu weaves his way into the deep slot and slides the puck to his right to Selanne, who reaches out and backhands the puck over Mason's shoulder. The crowd goes absolutely balistic as soon as puck hits twine. It's a long drought for a Koivu-Selanne connection and we're tied 4-4.
6:55 - Getzlaf sends it in front to a waiting Perry and Niedermayer, just knocked away.
6:06 - CBJ Penalty - Derek Dorsett, 2 min. tripping. Dorsett takes down Lupul. Big chance for Anaheim.
4:56 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JOFFREY LUPUL - Ryan Getzlaf keeps the play alive by poking the puck away from Nash where it bounces behind the Columbus net to Perry. He emerges from behind the cage and waits just a half-second too long to take his shot. It's poked away by the Columbus defense, but bounces right to Lupul near the left side of the net, where he rips a one-timer through. Second of the game for Lupul and third assist for Getzlaf. More importantly, it's now 4-3 Columbus.
1:54 - Making matters worse, Koivu takes a high sticking penalty right after that stopped shot.
1:52 - Ryan makes a pretty feed across the slot to Koivu, but his snap shot hits Mason in the chest.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, the Ducks trailing by two goals.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks give up four goals in the last 12 minutes of the period and get one from Niedermayer to trail 4-2.
19:42 - COLUMBUS GOAL - JAKUB VORACEK - With Niedermayer in front of him, Antoine Vermette gets across the blueline and fires a shot on net that somehow fools a lunging Giguere and clangs off the inside of the far post. It rebounds right to Voracek, who deposits it into the open net. It's suddenly a two-goal lead for the Jackets.
18:43 - Selanne gets deep after a feed from Niedermayer and sends to his backhand, but his shot is stopped by a diving Mason.
17:40 - ANA Penalty - Brendan Mikkelson
and CBJ Mike Blunden, 2 min. each roughing. After jumping offside, Perry decided to give a little push to the face of Kris Russell. Both Blunden and Commodore chase Perry, who skates away from them backward. Mikkelson jumps in to defend his guy and gets the gate along with Blunden.
16:45 - COLUMBUS GOAL - JAKUB VORACEK - Just seconds after James Wisniewski makes a nice play to slap the puck out of the crease, the Ducks this time get bit. On his knees near the side of the Anaheim net, Antoine Vermette sends the puck behind his back into the slot. Giguere is way out of position because he dove trying to stop the pass, leaving an open half of the net for Voracek to dump it into. It's a 3-2 lead for the Jackets.
13:54 - COLUMBUS GOAL - RICK NASH - It's another one scored off a defenseman's skate. Battling with Brendan Mikkelson near the extended goal line right of the cage, Nash to the outside and sends the puck into the crease where it kicks off the side of Niedermayer's left boot and into the net. Bad break for the Ducks and we're tied at 2.
12:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - With the Ducks on the move, Getzlaf gets it to Niedermayer in the slot. After Niedermayer gathers it, he fires a shot that kicks off Mason to his left and it's kicked in by his own guy, defenseman Mike Commodore. Give the goal to Niedermayer and it's the first power play strike after an 0 for 18 streak. Ducks lead it 2-1.
11:34 - CBJ Penalty - Antoine Vermette, 2 min. tripping. First power play for Anaheim.
Funny moment on KDOC as Joffrey Lupul is being interviewed rinkside by Kent French and has to delay the interview for a few seconds so he can get out of the way of Power Player Tara skating along the wall with her shovel. Loops appeared to be pretty amused by it.
8:12 - COLUMBUS GOAL - ANTOINE VERMETTE - Seconds after the faceoff in the Anaheim zone, Vermette dives after a bouncing puck in the slot, somehow gets his stick on it and sends it through a surprised Giguere. Actually a pretty goal for Vermette, who was on that Ottawa team that watched the Ducks celebrate a Cup victory right on this ice in '07. A tiny bit of payback for him and it's 1-1.
8:05 - Nice job by Giguere, who holds his ground as RJ Umberger repeatedly jabs at the puck trying to focre it under.
After the whistle PA announcer informs the crowd they've all just won a free taco from Del Taco since the Ducks killed a penalty in the second period and the crowd likes it.
6:20 - Bobby Ryan
gets on an odd-man rush with Nokelainen, and Ryan's feed goes underneath Nokie's stick. Bad break.
6:15 - Blue Jackets swarming all around the Anaheim net (yeah, I said it), but the Ducks keep them at bay.
4:30 - Marchant gets on a rush alone shorthanded and fires a slap shot over the crossbar.
3:52 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf
, 2 min. tripping. Getzlaf gets called for taking down his Team Canada linemate ('08 Worlds) and doesn't like the call whatsoever.
0:00 - Off and running in period 2.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - A solid opener for the boys in black, as they take a 1-0 lead on a Lupul goal.
18:05 - Nick Boynton levels Pahlsson with a hip check. Pahlsson skates away unharmed.
17:35 - Beleskey, yesterday's call-up to make up for the Carter injury, throws it on net from straightaway, where it's redirected by Todd Marchant
and Mason barely kicks it away.
Tennis ball husband appears to be here, but he's got some type of black shirt or jersey covering most of the neon. No sign of tennis ball wife.
15:36 - Mike Brown fires on net right as he crosses the blue line with some speed. Gloved by Mason.
9:21 - Giguere with a nice stop on a point shot by Kris Russell. Not just the stop, but that he held it with Blue Jackets buzzing around him.
Can't help but think of the time we honored Ilya Bryzgalov the first time he came back here with Phoenix, and he gave up a bad goal not long afterward. Of course, it wasn't Mason we recognized this time, but it brought back that memory.
6:12 - ANAHEIM GOAL - JOFFREY LUPUL - Getzlaf throws the puck back from the corner to Lupul at the point. He holds it and waits for traffic to clear before unleashing a slap shot that flies low and kicks off goalie Steve Mason's glove and bouncing behind him just inside the post. Second goal in as many games for Lupul and it's 1-0 Ducks.
During the first timeout, the video board shows Sammy Pahlsson scoring that huge goal in a 1-0 win over Ottawa in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, then a photo of Sammy holding the Cup. WELCOME BACK, SAMMY PAHLSSON goes up on the board over a live shot of Pahlsson on the bench in his Columbus uniform. He shyly waves to the cheering crowd. Kind or weird seeing him in another uniform.
5:25 - Ryan with a nice feed into the slot to Koivu, whose one-timer flies wide.
2:30 - Perry, Getzlaf and Lupul on that top line. Ryan will be with the Finns.
0:45 - Giguere in net tonight, as clear sign that groin tweak wasn't too bad. It's his first start since Oct. 11 at New York Rangers. First start at home this season. First home appearance for Nick Boynton this season after Sbisa and Eminger are scratched.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:09 p.m. - It's Hockey Fights Cancer night, and during a nice presentation in which everyone in the crowd battling (or having battled) cancer is asked to stand up, it gets a little dusty here in the press box. Then the anthem is performed by a woman named Brooke Stanley. Wow, last game is was Duckworth and now Stanley. What's next? A woman named Susie Anaheim?
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CBJ Steve Mason
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski
, Bobby Ryan
, Saku Koivu
, Teemu Selanne
; CBJ Anton Stralman, Fedor Tyutin, Raffi Torres, Samuel Pahlsson, Derek Dorsett
Scratches - ANA Luca Sbisa, Steve Eminger, Evgeny Artyukhin (suspended), CBJ Andrew Murray, Mathieu Roy, Jared Boll