ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists in his first game back from an appendectomy, including one on defenceman Josh Manson's first NHL goal, and the Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Friday night.
Cam Fowler and Patrick Maroon also scored, Corey Perry also had three assists and Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the three-time defending Pacific Division champions in a matchup of teams that began the day last in their respective divisions. Anaheim has won three straight following a 1-7-2 start.
Clayton Stoner scored into an empty net with 16 seconds to play after Columbus' Scott Hartnell got his second goalof the night with a minute on the clock.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 33 shots for the Blue Jackets against his former club. Columbus is 4-4-0 under new coach John Tortorella, who replaced Todd Richards after the team's 0-7 start.