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Ducks edge Blue Jackets in OT

by Brian Compton
Chris Pronger's game-winner with 1:46 left in overtime lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. 
The Anaheim Ducks’ special teams were certainly special on Monday night.
The defending Stanley Cup champs scored three times on the power play – including Chris Pronger’s game-winner with 1:46 left in overtime – and killed seven of nine penalties in a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Ducks even scored on a penalty shot, as Samuel Pahlsson beat Pascal Leclaire with 1:16 to play in the second period ( 700K ). Anaheim has now won three of its last four games, despite spending a lot of time in the penalty box.
''It may look like we're running around a little bit or like we don't know what we're doing, but there's a method to the madness,'' said Pronger, who appeared in his 900th NHL game.
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle had a different view. Carlyle would surely like to see his team spend a little less time in the penalty box. The teams combined for 15 power plays on Monday night.
''Did we make a better effort to be disciplined? I would say their mindset seemed to be, but we didn't get the necessary results as far as not taking so many penalties,'' Carlyle said.
Columbus took a 1-0 lead when Rotislav Klesla beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere on a power play goal at the 13:36 mark of the opening period ( 700K ). With Todd Bertuzzi in the box, Klesla took a pass from Michael Peca and fired a shot from the point past Giguere for his third goal of the season.
Corey Perry tied things up with a power play goal of his own 6:49 into the second period ( 700K ). After Adam Foote was whistled for interference, Ryan Getzlaf made a nifty move around Peca before feeding Perry, who tapped it in from the doorstep to make it 1-1. The tally increased Getzlaf’s point streak to five games.
''Two guys went to him and I just slid out to the side,'' Perry said.
Kris Beech put the Blue Jackets back in front only 45 seconds later, when he put home Nikolai Zherdev’s rebound that deflected off the skate of Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin before going past Giguere ( 700K ) as Columbus took a 2-1 lead.
Perry knotted things up with yet another power play goal, this one coming at the 13:40 mark of the second period ( 700K ). Pahlsson then put Anaheim ahead on a penalty shot at 18:44, which he was awarded after being hauled down by Zherdev on a shorthanded breakaway.
''That's a save I wish I make,'' Leclaire said. ''I didn't do it today but we came back and got a point.''
The Blue Jackets tied it in the third period, when Zherdev scored on the power play 3:07 into the frame ( 700K ). Moments after a two-man advantage expired, Zherdev extended his goal streak to five games when he took a pass from Peca and fired a quick shot past Giguere to make it 3-3. It was Zherdev’s 12th goal of the season.
Peca had a great chance late in the third period, but his shot from the slot went over the net with just over a minute remaining.
“We got a committed effort from everybody,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I wish there had been more 5-on-5 play, because we really had four lines going and that was good to see.”
Columbus found itself shorthanded again in overtime, and it ended up costing them the game. After Duvie Westcott was whistled for hooking, Pronger fired a shot from the point that deflected off Blue Jackets’ defenseman Adam Foote before beating a surprised Leclaire as Anaheim improved to 15-13-4.
''We battled hard and found a way to win,'' Pronger said.
Material from wire services and team media were used in this report.
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