Corey Perry just seems to have the Blue Jackets’ number this season.
In the fourth and final meeting between Columbus and the Anaheim Ducks this season, the reigning National Hockey League MVP notched his second hat trick of the year (both against the Blue Jackets), leading his team to a 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets before 14,043 at Nationwide Arena.
Perry also recorded a hat trick in the Ducks’ win at Honda Center last month, but his goals tonight came quickly and gave Anaheim a commanding lead before the second period had ended. He opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the game tonight after Lubomir Visnovsky’s shot deflected off a Columbus defenseman and dropped in the high slot. Perry spun and whipped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Steve Mason for a 1-0 Ducks lead.
Saku Koivu set up Perry for his second of the period at 16:15 on a Ducks power play, sending a back-door pass to Perry at the back post - and he had an open side for a 2-0 advantage. The Blue Jackets answered with a big power-play goal at 17:41 of the first period courtesy of Fedor Tyutin. Jeff Carter gained the zone with speed and found Tyutin pinching in from the point, going roof-top over Jonas Hiller to make it a one-goal game.
The Ducks came out flying in the second period, scoring twice in the first three minutes of the period to lead 4-1. Jason Blake scored on a Blue Jackets turnover at 1:36, and Bobby Ryan sprung free at the left circle for his 21st of the year at 2:58.
Ryan then set up Perry for the hat trick goal just seconds into a Ducks power play at 12:38 of the second period for a 5-1 lead. Aaron Johnson’s third goal of the year came on a slap shot in the final minute of the middle frame, ricocheting off Francois Beauchemin’s skate and into the net to make it 5-2. Antoine Vermette’s eighth goal of the season brought Columbus within 5-3 at 5:27 of the third period.
D Fedor Tyutin snapped an 18-game goalless skid with his fourth of the season tonight. He had last scored Dec. 29 at Dallas. He is now tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals with Grant Clitsome. He later added an assist for second multi-point game in the last three outings. He has points in three of the last four games (1-4-5) after being held pointless the previous nine games. In 298 games with the Blue Jackets, he has tallied 26-91-117 compared to 15-52-67 in 251 games with the NY Rangers. In 18 career games against Anaheim, he has 4-8-12.
Columbus is now 21-18-4 all-time against Minnesota, including a 7-12-3 mark at Xcel Energy Center.
C Jeff Carter collected his first assist in seven games with a helper on Tyutin’s goal. He last had an assist Dec. 31 vs. Washington. He has points in three of the last five games (2-1-3) after being held to 0-1-1 the previous seven games. He has recorded 2-3-5 in eight career games against the Ducks.
LW Vinny Prospal has points in five of the last six games after picking up an assist on Tyutin’s goal. He has 1-4-5 during that stretch after being held pointless the previous nine games. In 17 career games against the Ducks, he has collected 5-10-15.
D James Wisniewski has points in back-to-back games after recording an assist on Johnson’s goal. He had 1-1-2 last night at Minnesota, his first game back in the lineup after missing the previous 17 games due to injury. He has points in five of the last six games (1-4-5) after being held pointless the previous nine games.
vs. St. Louis Blues
Nationwide Arena | Columbus, Ohio
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio (HD)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan & BlueJackets.com