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Ducks 4, Columbus 3

by Adam Brady / Anaheim Ducks

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Anaheim   4
Columbus   3

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The Ducks learned just minutes before their regular season finale at Columbus that they didn't need to win to clinch the Pacific Division. But they came out of the gates like they had to have this game.


About 15 minutes before face off, Vancouver scored an overtime goal to knock off San Jose, 4-3. That gave the Ducks their first Pacific Division title in their history. Had San Jose won that game, the Ducks would have needed at least one point against the Blue Jackets to claim the division crown.


They didn't need it, but got two points nevertheless by hanging on for a 4-3 victory.


Teemu Selanne had two goals for the Ducks, less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking loss at Dallas in which his shootout attempt to win it hit the post. After a goal by Rick Nash just 3:30 into the game, Selanne tied it by roofing a backhander over goalie Fredrik Norrena on the power play at 13:15 in the first. The Ducks took the lead for good when Dustin Penner scored three minutes later. Penner's 29th of the season came when he swiped the puck away from a Columbus defenseman and swooped in for the unassisted goal.


The latter part of that period got physical as Rick Nash got a 5-minute major for charging, leading to a melee that concluded with Scott Niedermayer jawing with Columbus players and earning a 10-minute misconduct. Later Rob Niedermayer exchanged punches with Ron Hainsey of the Jackets.


Midway through the second, Selanne struck again, taking in a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and going top shelf to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Getzlaf added another just before the end of the period, outskating the Columbus defense and firing it over the shoulder of Norrena.


That fourth goal turned out to be vital, as Columbus added two in the third, by Gilbert Brule and Manny Malhotra to pull within a goal. But the Ducks were able to lock it down over the last 7 ½ minutes, hanging on for the 4-3 victory.


For the second straight night, Bryzgalov had several big stops in the game, saving 42 of the 45 Columbus shots.


3rd Period

13:11 - Ryan Getzlaf gets 2 for slashing. Power play for CBJ.

12:27 - CBJ GOAL - MANNY MALHOTRA - Malhotra redirects a nice centering pass from Jason Chimera to cut the Ducks' lead to 4-3. Everyone wins a chili for the Jackets scoring their third goal.

11:13 - Both Sammy Pahlsson and CBJ's Alexander Svitov get 2 for interference.

8:06 - CBJ GOAL - GILBERT BRULE - Brule fires a slapper on a mini-breakaway from the right point that gets past Bryzgalov on his stick side. It's 4-2.

5:15 - Kent Huskins gets 2 for tripping.

0:00 - The Jackets start with a new goalie, Tomas Popperle. The Ducks stick with Bryz.

2nd Period

20:00 - End of period. Ducks lead 4-1.

19:32 - ANA GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF (25) - Getzlaf beats the defenseman and goes upstairs with it. Give the assist to linemate Corey Perry.

During the timeout, the scoreboard cam shows a very large man dancing shirtless in the stands with the words "Thank You Fans" written on his upper body. Tremendous.

Maybe this guy doesn't sound all that much like Kent French.

12:20 - Ryan Getzlaf gets a double minor for slashing, which comes in response to Nash's roughing, which nets him 2 minutes. That puts CBJ on the power play

7:24 - ANA GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE (48): Selanne takes a pass on the right side from Getzlaf and goes top shelf again for his second of the game. The Columbus announcers call it "a sniper's goal."  Beauchemin gets the second assist. 3-1 Ducks.

5:26 - Nash isn't out of the box long before he goes back for 2 minutes for hooking.

0:00 - We're underway again as the Ducks are still on the power play from the Nash major. Bryzgalov remains in net, despite the Ducks having clinched.

Here's a first. Fans are playing Musical Chairs on the ice during the intermission. It's exactly as exciting as you'd imagine.

1st Period

20:00 - A period that started off normally enough and became very physical, comes to an end. The Jackets outshoot the Ducks, 11-6 but the Ducks earn the advantage in the most important stat category - the score.

17:45 - Rob Niedermayer throws punches with Ron Hainsey after Rob throws Hainsey into the boards, apparently in retaliation for whatever upset his brother. Rob gets 5 for fighting and 2 for boarding, while Hainsey gets 5 for fighting, 2 for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct.

The Ducks are still on the power play froom the Nash major.

17:11 - Rick Nash gets a 5-min. major for charging, an act that caused the Ducks to respond with force. Even the normally mild-mannered Scott Niedermayer does some serious jawing with CBJ players. Niedermayer gets a rare 10-minute misconduct penalty, as does Manny Malhotra of CBJ. From the original scrap, Sean O'Donnell gets 2 for roughing.

16:29 - ANA GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (29): Penner swipes the puck away from the Jacket defenseman and fakes out Norrena for the unassisted goal.

15:49 - Beauchemin fires a shot from the left point that Norrena handles. TV timeout.

Columbus' in-arena announcer sounds exactly like the Ducks' Kent French. It's uncanny.

13:15 - ANA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE (47): The Ducks take quick advantage of the power play as Selanne skates down the right side and roofs a backhander past Norrena. Tie game. Getzlaf and Niedermayer get the helpers.

12:51 - CBJ Alexander Svitov gets a little aggressive and gets 2 for roughing. The arena music in response is C&C Music Factory's "Thing That Make You Go Hmm". That alone is puzzling.

5:27 - ANA Penalty Andy McDonald 2 min. slashing. First PP for the Jackets

3:30 - CBJ GOAL - RICK NASH: Nash opens the game with a goal right in front of Bryz off an assist from Fredrik Modin.

0:00 - We're underway in Columbus in a game that suddenly has less significant meaning for the Ducks.  

The Ducks just learned they have clinched the Pacific Division championship by virtue of San Jose's overtime loss to Vancouver.


Starting Goaltenders: ANA Ilya Bryzgalov; CBJ Fredrik Norrena

Starters: ANA Teemu Selanne, Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Francois Beuachemin, Scott Niedermayer; CBJ David Vyborny, Fredrik Modin, Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov, Rostislav Klesla.

Scratches: ANA J.S. Giguere, Todd Marchant, Shawn Thornton; CBJ Alexandre Picard, Adam Foote, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.




4 p.m. (PDT) at Nationwide Arena
TV: FSN Prime Ticket   Radio: AM 830

Note: This game was originally scheduled to air on KDOC but was moved to FSN Prime Ticket


After a disheartening loss at Dallas, the Ducks find themselves less than 24 hours later in Columbus needing just a standings point for the Pacific Division title. Getting into overtime with the Blue Jackets tonight will give the Ducks their first division title in their history. It will also give them a No. 2 seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and home ice for the first round.

The Ducks can also clinch the division before they get started against the Jackets, if San Jose loses at home against Vancouver earlier in the afternoon.

UPDATE: Vancouver defeated San Jose 4-3 in overtime, giving the Ducks the Pacific Division championship.

Western Conference Leaders
1 y - DETROIT* 81 49 19   13 111 247 197 28-4-8 21-15-5 4-2-4
2 x - ANAHEIM* 81 47 20   14 108 254 205 26-6-9 21-14-5 5-3-2
3 x - VANCOUVER* 80 48 25   7 103 217 195 26-11-4 22-14-3 7-2-1
4 x - NASHVILLE 81 50 23   8 108 268 210 28-8-5 22-15-3 4-4-2
5 x - SAN JOSE 81 51 26   4 106 255 195 25-12-3 26-14-1 8-1-1
6 x - DALLAS 81 49 25   7 105 223 195 27-11-2 22-14-5 7-1-2
7 x - MINNESOTA 81 47 26   8 102 230 190 28-7-5 19-19-3 7-2-1
8 CALGARY 80 43 27   10 96 253 217 30-8-2 13-19-8 6-4-0
9 COLORADO 80 43 30   7 93 264 244 21-15-3 22-15-4 8-1-1
Y Clinched Western Conference; x Clinched playoff berth * Division leader
Anaheim (47-20-14) could have clinched with a win Friday night in Dallas, and it looked like they would until 6.1 seconds left in regulation. That's when the Stars scored on a Brenden Morrow goal that deflected off his leg and tied the game 1-1. The Stars then finished it off in the shootout, when Ladislav Nagy scored the first shootout goal in the fourth round.

"I guess we're going to have to do it the hard way," Selanne said about claiming the Pacific.

Ducks goaltender J.S. Giguere is still not with the team, having stayed back to be with his wife Kristen and newborn son Maxime Olivier, who has a non life-threatening medical condition.

Ilya Bryzgalov had a great game going against Dallas before the tying goal. There is no word yet whether he will make his second start in as many days or if the Ducks will go with backup Sebastien Caron.

Columbus (33-41-7) will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in as many seasons since entering the NHL in 2000, but could set a franchise record for points with a victory in this game. The Blue Jackets, who had 74 points en route to a third-place finish in the Central Division last season, snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime victory over Dallas on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets have won four of the last six against the Ducks. But the Ducks won the last matchup, 5-2 on March 29 in Columbus. 

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