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Ducks Erase Two-Goal Deficit, But Lose 3-2 in OT

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Despite erasing a two-goal deficit, the Ducks couldn't find a way to cap off their comeback, and dropped a 3-2 contest in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night. Rickard Rakell and Nick Ritchie scored for the Ducks (6-5-3, 15 pts.), who, despite the overtime setback, have recorded standings points in eight of the past 10 games (6-2-2, 14 pts.).

Tonight's contest also marked the season debut of Hampus Lindholm, who finished with two shots on goal and one blocked shot in 18:33 time on ice. John Gibson stopped 15-of-18 shots in the loss, dropping his record to 5-4-3 overall.

Boone Jenner, Brandon Saad and Zach Werenski found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 6-3-2 (14 pts.) on the season, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for his sixth victory of the 2016-17 campaign.

The Blue Jackets wasted no time taking the lead when Jenner opened the scoring just 1:23 into the game. The play started when the Ducks were caught exiting the zone too early while leaving veteran forward Scott Hartnell all alone in front of Gibson. A simple pass from Nick Foligno at the half wall made its way to Hartnell, who was stopped on his initial bid, but Gibson couldn't recover in time to deny Jenner's rebound chance. The goal was Jenner's first of the season and third point overall in 11 games.

Saad increased the lead to 2-0 just four minutes later on another defensive breakdown by Anaheim. Saad, who caught the ire of head coach John Tortorella following the team's loss in St. Louis on Saturday, was rumored to potentially be a healthy scratch tonight. But the former Blackhawk found a soft area to the left of Gibson and hammered a one-timer through the legs of Lindholm before finding the back of the net.

The score remained the same until Rakell cut the deficit in half at the 17:21 mark of the second period on a nice deflection on Cam Fowler's point shot. The puck took a bounce before squeaking under Bobrovsky, who had been stellar up to that point. Rakell's goal was his fourth in five games and his seventh point overall. Fowler, by the way, passed Matt Cullen (427) for ninth on the franchise's all-time games played list with his appearance tonight.

Video: ANA@CBJ: Rakell's redirect sneaks past Bobrovsky

Still riding the wave generated from the second period, the Ducks evened the score 1:25 into the third period when Joseph Cramarossa threw a loose puck into the feet of Bobrovsky from behind the net. With the puck still loose in the crease, a hard-charging Ritchie used his momentum to push the puck across the line for his third goal of the season. It's worth mentioning head coach Randy Carlyle moved Ritchie to the third line with Cramarossa and Antoine Vermette to begin the third period, while moving Rakell up to the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Cramarossa's assist marked his second career NHL point after recording his first goal in Anaheim's 4-0 victory in LA on November 1.

Video: ANA@CBJ: Cramarossa steals the puck, sets up Ritchie

The game headed to overtime, where Werenski finished off a speedy rush up the ice from Alex Wennberg to win it for Columbus. The goal capped off an already impressive start to Werenski's rookie season, giving him three goals and 11 points in 11 games.

The Ducks, meanwhile, saw their two-game winning streak come to an end in the overtime loss. They'll travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night.

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