NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Columbus
(Wednesday, October 20th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Anaheim 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored twice to lead Columbus to a 3-1 win over Anaheim at Nationwide Arena.
Derek MacKenzie added the other goal and Steve Mason turned away 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four since an opening night loss.
Teemu Selanne scored his 609th career goal to move into sole possession of 16th place on the all-time list, but the Ducks lost for the fifth time in seven games to start the season.
Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots in defeat.
Columbus broke the scoreless deadlock 3 1/2 minutes into the second period.
MacKenzie blocked a shot at the point, picked up the disc and raced down the left side before he snapped a shot from the bottom of the circle that beat Hiller to the short side.
"I thought we played well," MacKenzie said. "Do we have room to improve, yeah. There were a few parts in the game where we took penalties and those are things on some nights that are going to catch up to us. For the most part, the guys had a gritty, hard-working game. We did exactly what we planned to do and we got the two points."
The Jackets scored again just 71 seconds later when Nash's attempted pass to Antoine Vermette on the right doorstep caromed off defenseman Toni Lydman past Hiller.
Selanne got the Ducks on the board 58 seconds into the third period as he took a pass from Jason Blake at the Columbus blue line and snapped a shot from the right circle past Mason.
Nash took an errant pass off the right boards and shot from outside the blueline into the empty Anaheim net to seal the win with 28 seconds to play.
Anaheim, which had come into the game with six goals in 19 man-advantage chances in the last four games, went 0-for-5 on the power play.
"I think we did some things very well, but we made mistakes, too," Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle said. "Tonight our power play was good in some situations, as far as creating chances. But in the latter part, we just stood around and didn't really move and attack the box. We got some shots, but everything was from the perimeter."
Selanne is one behind Bobby Hull, who is 15th all-time with 610 goals...The Finnish sniper has 1,265 career points, one behind Jean Ratelle for 34th all- time...Anaheim's top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry and Bobby Ryan, who had combined for 19 points in the last three games was held scoreless...Ducks' rookie defenseman Cam Fowler was scratched with a broken nose suffered in Sunday's game...The Ducks will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to finish the second of 15 back-to-back sets...Mason earned his third career win over Anaheim...Nash has 13 goals and 27 points in 27 games against the Ducks...Wednesday was his 32nd career multi-goal game...MacKenzie has goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career...Blue Jackets left wing Ethan Moreau was injured in the second period and did not return...The road team had won six of the prior eight meetings before Wednesday...The attendance for the game was 9,802, the smallest home crowd to see the Blue Jackets in their 10-year history.
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