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Blue Jackets Win Wild West Shootout, 5-4 Over Ducks

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nikolai Zherdev scored twice and David Vborny got the only goal in a five-round shootout, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over the Anaheim Ducks.

It was Columbus' second stunning road victory over the Ducks this season. The Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-0 deficit on Jan. 5 and beat the Ducks with four goals in the final 10:02 against Ilya Bryzgalov.

In the rematch, Columbus twice rallied from one-goal deficits to grab a 3-2 lead. Zherdev had two goals against Jean-Sebastien Giguere during a 63-second span of the second period - matching his output for his previous 38 games combined.

Fredrik Modin scored his 200th NHL goal and Rick Nash also found the net for Columbus.

The Ducks tied it 3-all at 13:02 of the second on defenseman Francois Beauchemin's second goal of the game and sixth this season, while the teams skated 4-on-4.

But Columbus regained the lead on Nash's 22nd goal.

Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who had won their previous five games and six straight at home. Anaheim has 14 more victories and 33 more points than the Blue Jackets, who have the fourth worst record in the Western Conference.

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