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Jackets Fall to Ducks, 5-2

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Teemu Selanne scored a goal and assisted on three third-period power-play goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Thursday night to set a franchise record for road wins with 20.

Chris Pronger had two goals and an assist for Anaheim, who are chasing their first division title since entering the league in 1993 and the President's Trophy for the most regular season points.

Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin each added a goal and an assist.

The Ducks, who won 3-1 in Chicago on Wednesday, entered with a four-point edge over Dallas in the Pacific Division. They won their 46th game and now have 104 points, extending their franchise records.

Aaron Johnson and Sergei Fedorov scored for Columbus, which had a 2-1 lead early in the third period but had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Down in the third period, the Ducks scored four goals, including two on the power player 3:50 apart to take the lead.

Moments after the Ducks had a goal waived off, Selanne fed former Blue Jackets defenseman Beauchemin at the back post to make it 2-2 at 3:48.

Selanne then sent a pass to Getzlaf, who stepped from the left end line and let go a shot at 7:38 that hit off the leg of Columbus defenseman Ron Hainsey and past goaltender Fredrick Norrena, who was stellar the first two periods.

Pronger scored his 13th with a slap shot from the right circle at 14:53 to make it 4-2 with another power play goal.

Selanne scored into an empty net with 2 seconds remaining.

During a scoreless first period, Norrena made two superb saves during the second half of the period on point blank chances by Anaheim's Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz on odd-man rushes. Norrena finished with 26 saves.

Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere then stood strong, flashing his glove to stop David Vyborny's snap shot minutes into the second period. He made 23 stops.

Columbus broke through on a fluky goal at 6:40 to make it 1-0.

Jody Shelley smacked a slap shot from the left circle that Giguere kicked aside into traffic. Johnson was credited with the rebound goal, which withstood video review after it appeared to hit the skate of defenseman Kent Huskins and quickly bounce off the net.

With Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Kunitz in the penalty box for roughing late in the period, Pronger's shot from the left boards deflected off Columbus defenseman Anders Eriksson and past Norrena at 19:20 to tie it.

The goal was Pronger's first point in his fourth game back since missing with seven games with a broken toe.

The Blue Jackets quickly regained the lead early in the third period.

Rick Nash cut across the Anaheim blue line, dropped a pass to Fedorov, who fired a shot from the slot through traffic to score at 1:02 for his 18th and first in 12 games. Fedorov has played the last nine games on defense.

Game notes
Since joining the league in 2000, Columbus has never finished higher than 13th in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets entered in 11th place. ... Anaheim plays three of their remaining four games on the road. ... The Blue Jackets' Fredrik Modin, who has 22 goals, left with a groin injury in the second period and did not return.

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