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Mark Letestu sets up 1 goal, scores the winner in Blue Jackets' 2-1 overtime win over Ducks

Sunday, 03.31.2013 / 9:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mark Letestu sets up 1 goal, scores the winner in Blue Jackets' 2-1 overtime win over Ducks

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mark Letestu set up the only goal in regulation and scored the game-winner in overtime, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 shots on Sunday to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The victory improved the Blue Jackets to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games at Nationwide Arena and gave them points in 15 of their last 17 games (10-2-5) to crawl into playoff contention in the West.

Emerson Etem had the only goal for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who had lost four in a row until winning 2-1 in Chicago on Friday night.

The game pitted two of the NHL's hottest teams over the past few weeks. The Ducks came in 16-5-3 for 35 points in their last 24 games, while the Blue Jackets were 9-2-5 over their last 16 to climb from 30th to the middle of the playoff hunt.

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