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Fowler, Ducks top Blue Jackets to end seven-game losing streak

Completes hat trick at 36 seconds of OT; Dubois scores twice for Columbus

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Cam Fowler completed a hat trick 36 seconds into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center on Sunday.

Fowler scored on a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle. He is the seventh defenseman in NHL history to score a regular-season hat trick that included an overtime goal, and the third to do so for the Ducks, joining Lubomir Visnovsky (March 4, 2011) and Hampus Lindholm (Dec. 21, 2017).

"It was a product of being in the right place at the right time tonight and I'll take it," Fowler said. "The main thing is our team found a way to win the game and get off this losing streak."


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John Gibson made 24 saves for Anaheim (6-6-3), which had lost seven straight.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice, and Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves for Columbus (7-6-1), which is 1-1-1 in its past three games.

"Three points out of six on a California trip is not bad," Dubois said. "Not what we wanted, but it's far from the worst thing possible."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Fowler wins it for Ducks

Dubois scored with 31.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it 2-2. With Korpisalo pulled for the extra skater, Dubois got a rebound in the crease and beat Gibson with a backhand.

"Anytime you're down late like that and you tie it up in the last minute, that's huge to get that point," Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray said. "It shows a lot of character from our guys that are out there to bear down and get that done for us."

Fowler beat a screened Korpisalo glove side from the high slot to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 18:26 of the second period.

"We've got to find a way to not trail every game, especially not try to come back every game, and try to jump out to a lead," said Columbus defenseman Seth Jones, who had two assists.

Fowler tied it 1-1 at 9:09, getting a loose puck in front of the net on a 4-on-4. Rickard Rakell made an attempt to get around Murray, but the puck slid off his blade, through the legs of Markus Nutivaara to Fowler, who shot the puck into the open net.

"More times than not, when you do that, the puck doesn't find you," he said. "For whatever reason, tonight was the night it did."

Dubois gave the Blue Jackets 1-0 lead at 3:33 of the second period, beating Gibson five-hole off a drop pass from Boone Jenner 11 seconds after he was released from his third minor penalty of the game.

Ducks forwards Patrick Eaves and Pontus Aberg each had scoring chances in the first period. Each received a pass alone in front of the net, but Korpisalo made a save on Eaves on the power play at 6:07, and Aberg's shot slid between Korpisalo's pads wide at 12:01.

Gibson slid across the crease to save a one-timer from Zach Werenski off a rush at 10:34 of the first. 

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf did not play because of an upper-body injury. 

Video: CBJ@ANA: Fowler fires home loose puck in front


They said it

"We got some guys that don't feel good about themselves, so we have to build them up." -- Columbus coach John Tortorella


"We've played much better in the last three hockey games. If we stick with it, we can see our team grow." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 Video: CBJ@ANA: Fowler picks the corner for his second goal


Need to know

Columbus went 0-for-6 on the power play and is 0-for-20 in its past five games (three shorthanded goals allowed). … Jones played in his 400th NHL game. … Ducks forward Sam Carrick was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday and played 6:54 in his season debut. … Ducks forward Adam Henrique had an assist on Fowler's overtime goal to give him 300 points in his NHL career. ... Carlyle won his 460th game, moving into a tie with Roger Neilson for 30th in NHL history. … Anaheim is 4-1-1 without Getzlaf in the lineup.


What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-O, FS-SW+, NHL.TV)

Ducks: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Video: Fowler records hat trick in 3-2 overtime victory

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