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Jackets Lose Season Finale to Ducks, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Teemu Selanne had two goals, and the Anaheim Ducks celebrated the first division title in franchise history by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night.

Dustin Penner and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, who found out just before the game that they had clinched the Pacific Division crown thanks to Vancouver's 4-3 overtime victory over second-place San Jose. The Ducks play Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.

Getzlaf also assisted on both Selanne goals.

Rick Nash, Gilbert Brule and Jason Chimera scored goals for Columbus, with Chimera adding an assist and Fredrik Modin adding two assists.

Columbus rallied for two late goals to cut into a 4-1 deficit, and Chimera and Brule got off shots in the waning seconds while a crowd of 17,391 roared. But Ilja Bryzgalov had saves on both, turning away 42 shots. The Blue Jackets' 45 shots were a season high.

Despite neither team having much at stake -- Columbus began the night 23 points out the final playoff spot in the Western Conference -- both played with an edge. Nash -- who opened the scoring on a nifty move 3:30 in -- picked up a five-minute major for charging that seemed to light a fire under both teams.

Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer was involved in one lengthy battle of words near the Columbus bench and also fought with Ron Hainsey.

In between all the jawing and the punches, the Ducks answered with two first-period goals.

Selanne evened it with a backhand off a pass from Getzlaf on the power play, then Penner stole the puck from the Blue Jackets' Derrick Walser and skated in, deking goaltender Fredrik Norrena down to the ice and then tucking the puck inside the near post for his 29th goal.

Selanne added his second goal of the game -- and 48th of the season -- when he took a pass from Getzlaf and went in all alone from the right side to beat Norrena high over his left shoulder.

Getzlaf skated past Columbus forward Sergei Fedorov, who has been playing defense, to score and make it 4-1.

Norrena was replaced during the second intermission by Tomas Popperle.

Brule scored a soft goal midway through the third period, his shot from the right point eluding Bryzgalov on the glove side. Less than 5 minutes later, Chimera pulled Columbus to 4-3 when he swooped in from the right wing and his shot deflected off a defenseman and past Bryzgalov.

Game notes
The victory extended the Ducks' franchise records for wins (48) and points (110). They had never reached 100 points before. ... Columbus, which won just five of its first 20 games before Gerard Gallant was fired as coach, went 28-29-5 under Ken Hitchcock. ... Anaheim picked up points in 17 of its last 20 games.

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