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Jackets rebound with 3-2 shootout win over Ducks

by John Kreiser /

The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't let the worst home loss in franchise history turn into a losing streak.

Rick Nash scored in regulation and got the clinching goal in the shootout as the Jackets bounced back from a 9-1 loss to Detroit two nights ago with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Kristian Huselius scored on the first attempt in the shootout, and Nash clinched it by beating Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the third round with a spectacular goal -- he lost his balance but still was able to roof a shot over Giguere while leaning back on one leg.

"I'm sure he didn't know what to do," Nash said. "He thought I was going to fall. Luckily enough I put it in."

The win helped the Jackets erase the taste of the embarrassing loss to their Central Division rival.

"We rebounded right away," said coach Ken Hitchcock, whose 1,001st NHL game behind the bench was considerably more enjoyable than No. 1,000. "We played hard and determined.

"We worked a lot harder, and the level of determination was 10 times better than it was against Detroit."

Antoine Vermette had two assists and Garon stepped in for Steve Mason and stopped 32 shots to win in his first home start.

"I think we kind of knew that it was a bizarre game for us," center R.J. Umberger said of the loss to the Wings. "That's not the team we were, we're better than that. We can't let our confidence get down, we would've not had a good performance tonight. We had to put it behind us."

Anaheim got goals from Bobby Ryan and Todd Marchant, but couldn't score in the shootout and lost its fourth in a row on the road. Giguere made 27 saves in his first game since going down with a groin injury on Oct. 24.

"We are desperate for a win on the road," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "I didn't think we played that poor a hockey game."

Columbus was assessed a bench minor in OT for having too many men on the ice, but the Ducks -- 0-for-11 on the power play in their past two games -- failed to convert.

"We missed a chance in overtime when we had the 4-on-3," Carlyle said. "We didn't really create much from it. But we will take the point and move on. It's not easy to win on the road, we had our chance."

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead 7:55 into the game, six second after a penalty to Jason Chimera expired. Ryan Getzlaf skated down the right wing into the Columbus zone and zipped a cross-ice pass to Ryan for a one-timer from the left dot that beat Garon.

Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who drew the other assist, have scored in 10 consecutive games, the current longest points streaks in the NHL.

Nash tied it at 18:26, breaking in alone and beating Giguere with a slap shot from well into the left circle for his 13th goal of the season and ninth in nine games.

Anaheim went back in front early in the second. After a Columbus power play ended, Getzlaf jumped out of the penalty box, grabbed the puck and fed Marchant for an easy snap shot from the slot at 1:45.

Huselius, back after missing four games with an arm injury, made it 2-2 at 6:15 with a power-play goal. He took a long backhand pass from Vermette and wristed a shot from the left circle over a diving Giguere.

Garon made the save of the night late in the period, robbing Getzlaf with a lunging glove save on a backdoor pass from Teemu Selanne.

The Ducks fell to 0-1-1 on their four-game trip, which continues Saturday in Detroit.

"It's good, but it depends on what happens the rest of the trip," Getzlaf said of getting one point. "Anytime you get a point you have to be somewhat happy with it. We have to work hard tomorrow night and if we can get two of three (points) that will be a successful trip."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

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