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Blue Jackets 4, Ducks 3

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rostislav Klesla tallied twice and Fredrik Modin and Manny Malhotra each added a goal to spark a four goal third period Columbus rally that downed the Ducks 4-3 on Friday night at Honda Center.

Andy McDonald, Travis Moen and Teemu Selanne each scored for the Ducks who have now dropped four straight. Anaheim remains the top team in the Western Conference at 28-9-6 with 62 points.

"We had a situation you've got to expect to have in the third," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.  "To allow them to get back in and win it like that, it's quite upsetting, for sure."

After Selanne's goal made it 3-0 Ducks at 1:36 of the third period, Columbus netted four unanswered goals to mount their comeback.

"To have a 3-0 lead in our own building and do that, it's embarrassing," said Selanne.  "There's no way we should lose like that. It's embarrassing and that's the only word I can use to describe this whole thing."

Anaheim had a chance to tie the contest on a penalty shot with 21 seconds remaining when the Jackets were whistled for covering the puck in the crease. The ensuing shot was taken by Selanne and stopped by Columbus netminder Fredrik Norrena.

"I just tried to stay patient and make myself big," said Norrena.  "I just made a good save. I thought he might go backhand, but he came from the other side, which surprised me a little bit. But in a good way."

Klesla netted the first two goals of the Columbus comeback. Both were one time slap shots from the point, with first coming at 9:58 on the power play. Klesla's second goal sparked a three goal outburst beginning at 16:46 of the third.

"When we got the first goal, it just seemed like everything let loose and it just took off from there," said Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock.  "Everybody just thought we could score again."

Modin pulled the Blue Jackets even at 17:19 of the third period with his 10th goal of the season and Malhotra buried a rebound goal at 18:40 to give Columbus a 4-3 lead.

After a scoreless first, McDonald gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:39 of the second period. Ten seconds after Klesla went off for holding, McDonald walked out of the corner and fired a wrist shot past Norrena for his 12th goal of the season.

Moen added to the Anaheim lead at 14:57 of the second period off a 3-on-1 with Shawn Thornton and Scott Niedermayer joining the rush. The goal was Moen's fifth of the campaign to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

Selanne netted his team-leading 24th goal of the season at 1:36 of the third. McDonald slid a pass to Selanne who one-timed a slap shot from the left face off dot to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead.

"I just said to the team that it was unacceptable," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "We embarrassed ourselves and we'll be judged on our response."

The Ducks face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Honda Center before heading back on the road next week for two games in Nashville and Dallas.




20:00 - END OF GAME - SHOTS: ANA 14-36, CLB 14-33

19:39 - Anaheim is awarded a penalty shot after the puck is covered in the crease by a Columbus defenseman.  The shot is taken by Teemu Selanne and stopped by Fredrik Norrena.

18:40 - COLUMBUS GOAL - MANNY MALHOTRA (5).  Malhotra gives Columbus a 4-3 lead off a rebound.  Zherdev gets the lone assist.

17:19 - COLUMBUS GOAL - FREDRIK MODIN (10).  Modin ties it with his 10th of the year from Vyborny and Svitov.

16:46 - COLUMBUS GOAL - ROSTISLAV KLESLA (5).  Klesla fires another one timer from the point to cut the Anaheim lead 3-2.  The lone assist goes to Alexander Svitov 

9:58 - COLUMBUS GOAL - ROSTISLAV KLESLA (4).  Klesla fires a one timer from the point after Kunitz's minor expires.  The assists go to Zherdev and Svitov.

7:53 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz for hooking.  Columbus goes on their seventh power play of the game.

4:33 - ANA PEN - Ric Jackman for holding.  Columbus goes on their sixth power play of the game.

1:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (24).  Selanne gets his team-leading 24th goal to begin the third period.  He gets a pass from linemate Andy McDonald in the left face off dot and fires a one-timer to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead.

0:00 - The third period has begun at Honda Center.


20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS: ANA 17-22, CLB 9-19

15:39 - George Parros and Jody Shelley scrap to Ilya Bryzgalov's right.  Both pugilists receive fighting majors.

14:57 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN (5).  On a 3-on-1 break, Shawn Thornton's hits Scott Niedermayer on the left side who redirects a pass to Moen in the middle.  Moen buries the puck to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead.  Scott Niedermayer and Thornton get the assists.

8:52 - CLB PEN - Adam Foote gets a double minor for high sticking creating a 5-on-3 for Anaheim.

8:31 - CLB PEN - Alexander Svitov for interference.  Anaheim goes on their fifth power play.

6:25 - CLB PEN - Fredrik Modin for hooking.  The teams will skate 4-on-4.

6:10 - ANA PEN - Corey Perry for boarding.  Columbus goes on their fourth power play.

5:39 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - ANDY MCDONALD (12).  McDonald walks out of the corner and fires a wrist shot past Fredrik Norrena to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.  Teemu Selanne gets the lone assist.

5:29 - CLB PEN - Rostislav Klesla for holding.  Anaheim goes on their third power play.

2:23 - ANA PEN - Andy McDonald for hooking.  The teams skate 4-on-4.

1:55 - CLB PEN - Fredrik Norrena for delay of game.  Anaheim goes on their second power play.

0:00 - The second period is under way.  The Blue Jackets begin the second with 1:20 left on their third power play.


20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS: ANA 5, CLB 10

19:19 - ANA PEN - Shawn Thornton for tripping.  Columbus goes on their third power play.

14:33 - ANA PEN - Shawn Thornton for hooking.  The Jackets go on their second power play of the game.

11:38 - CLB PEN - Aaron Johnson for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their first power play.  The Ducks are operating at 22.2% with the man advantage (3rd NHL) and Columbus is killing at 83.7% (12th NHL)

5:00 - ANA PEN - Travis Moen for roughing.  After some extra curriculars behind the Columbus net, Moen is sent off for roughing.  Columbus is operating at 16.2% on the power play (20th NHL) and Anaheim is killing at 84.9% (8th NHL)

1:57 - Of note in the Ducks' lineup:  Callup Tim Brent is centering Shawn Thornton and Dustin Penner and newly acquired Ric Jackman is paired up on defense with Shane O'Brien to start the contest.

0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center.


Veteran winger Teemu Selanne was honored in a ceremony prior to the opening face off for recently reaching the 500 goal and 1000 game career milestones. For his 500 goal achievement, Selanne received a Silver Stick from Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli as well as a weekend golf trip from the Ducks players (presented by captain Scott Niedermayer). Selanne also received an Indy Car ride from the Anaheim organization, a commemorative portrait from the players and a commemorative Tiffany's Crystal from the National Hockey League for his 1000 games played. He was accompanied by his family on the Honda Center ice.

Starting Goaltenders: ANA 30 Ilya Bryzgalov; CLB 30 Fredrik Norrena

Scratches: ANA 35 G JS Giguere, 39 C Travis Green, 43 RW Bjorn Melin; CLB 37 RW Joe Metzko, 77 RW Anson Carter.


ANAHEIM, Calif - The Ducks return to home on Friday to face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season at 7:05 p.m.

Anaheim has played 10 of its last 12 games away from home and the road has not been kind of late. The Ducks have been playing without the services of defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Chris Pronger, forward Todd Marchant and goaltender JS Giguere due to injury.

Despite dropping three-straight games to conclude their recent five game road trip, the Ducks still lead the NHL standings with a 28-8-6 record and 62 points.

Prior to the opening face off on Friday, the Ducks' organization will honor star winger Teemu Selanne's recent career milestones of 500 NHL goals and 1,000 NHL games played. Anaheim's goal (23) and point (50) leader this season, Selanne ranks second on Anaheim's all-time goal (288), assist (334) and point (622) lists.

On Dec. 31 at Minnesota, the 14-year NHL veteran played his 1,000th game, becoming just the third Finnish player and 14th European born-and-trained player to accomplish the feat.

He earned his 500th goal on November 22 at Colorado, becoming just the 36th player, fifth European and second Finnish skater in league history to hit that milestone. Selanne's current total of 515 career goals ranks sixth among active players (31st all-time), and trails only Jaromir Jagr (548) since he entered the league in 1992-93.

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter Friday's contest in fourth place in the Western Conference's Central Division at 15-21-4 with 34 points. The Jackets dropped a 3-0 decision on Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Columbus is led offensively by forwards David Vyborny (10-26=36), Rick Nash (13-17=30) and former Duck Sergei Fedorov (13-15=28).

After Friday's contest, the Ducks face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday before heading to Nashville and Dallas next week.


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