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Columbus
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25-45-8-4
Anaheim
Ducks
29-35-10-8
OT
37 SOG
43 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
CBJ
ANA
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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Anaheim Ducks 2 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Anaheim Ducks 2 FINAL OT
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Anaheim Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Suddenly, the Columbus Blue Jackets are playing tough on the road.

Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 25th goal of the season with 5:23 left in the third period Sunday, lifting Columbus to a 2-2 tie with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Nash sent a wrist shot from the slot past goaltender Martin Gerber to keep the Blue Jackets undefeated in their last three road games (1-0-2).

"We're playing better and better on the road than we ever have," coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's coming around. These guys just don't want to lose."

The Blue Jackets are 2-2-2 since Gallant took over for Doug MacLean. All six games have been on the road. Since starting the season with a 14-game road winless streak (0-11-1-2), Columbus is 3-2-2-0 away from home.

Columbus goaltender Marc Denis made 11 saves in overtime. Blue Jackets forward David Vyborny drew a double minor for high-sticking, setting up an extended Anaheim power play. But the Ducks couldn't score, extending their winless stretch to a season-high six games (0-3-3).

"When the defensemen do a good job of letting me see the shots it makes my life much easier," Denis said.

Anaheim took 43 shots, including four by Sergei Fedorov in overtime, but had to rely on goals by defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski and Todd Simpson to spark the offense.

"We have to look like a more desperate team every night," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said.

Simpson gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead 7:44 into the third when he sent an off-balance wrist shot from the point past Denis for his third goal in three games. Simpson had only 10 goals in 502 NHL games before starting the unexpected scoring streak.

"If I shot that any time before it would have got stopped, but it hit a leg in front," Simpson said.

His first goal in 84 games gave Anaheim a 4-4 tie with Los Angeles on Wednesday. He also scored in the third period of Anaheim's 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Friday.

"There's a lot of jealousy in the room," Simpson quipped.

Vishnevski opened the scoring when he put a backhander past Denis 9:24 into the second period Columbus rookie Nikolai Zherdev fired a wrist shot by Gerber from the left circle to tie it with 3:44 to play in the second.

Zherdev, the Blue Jackets' top pick (fourth overall) in the 2003 draft, has four goals and four assists in 20 games since making his debut with Columbus on Dec. 2. He began the season playing in Russia's top league.

Anaheim rookie Joffrey Lupul assisted on both Ducks goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:24
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski (2) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (9), Tony Martensson (1)
1 - 0 ANA
16:16
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (4) ASST: Todd Marchant (18), Jody Shelley (2)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
07:44
ANA
Todd Simpson (3) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (10), Samuel Pahlsson (9)
2 - 1 ANA
14:37
CBJ
Rick Nash (25) ASST: Mark Hartigan (2), Anders Eriksson (9)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
14:56
CBJ
Scott Lachance  Holding the stick
15:23
ANA
Sergei Fedorov  Interference
2nd Period
01:06
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Tripping
04:56
ANA
Kurt Sauer  Holding
10:09
ANA
Petr Sykora  Tripping
11:58
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Roughing
16:43
CBJ
Lasse Pirjeta  Slashing
3rd Period
03:16
ANA
Vinny Prospal  Hi-sticking
16:12
ANA
Stanislav Chistov  Slashing
16:50
CBJ
Mark Hartigan  Hi-sticking
OT Period
02:04
CBJ
David Vyborny  Hi-sticking
02:04
CBJ
David Vyborny  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 41EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .953SH: 2 - 2
Martin Gerber
SA: 37TOI: 64:57
Saves: 35EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .946SH: 2 - 2