COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The World Tour for the Anaheim Ducks took a wrong turn Friday.
Asked if his team was tired after playing four games on two continents and in three arenas in less than a week, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle refused to take the easy way out.
"Those are excuses," he said. "That's the way it goes. We didn't have the energy that was necessary to compete at the level they played at."
The defending Stanley Cup champions looked tired and disorganized for the first two periods, which was to be expected after what they've been through this week. They opened the season by splitting two games with Los Angeles in London -- England, not Ontario -- last weekend. They flew to Detroit and lost in a shootout on Wednesday night before traveling on to Columbus. They complete the grueling road trip on Saturday night against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"They came at us right from the start of the game," forward Ryan Getzlaff said of the Blue Jackets. "We weren't prepared for it. We did a lot of things tonight and none of them were the right ones."
It was Leclaire's second career shutout. He missed most of last year with leg and knee injuries.
"We were right there in their face and stayed there all night," Leclaire said.
Columbus was 3-for-11 on the power play and Anaheim was 0-for-7.
The Blue Jackets received a standing ovation when they left the ice with a 2-0 lead after the first period. The Ducks didn't get their first shot on goal until more than 16 minutes had elapsed. Columbus had 14 shots before the Ducks got their first.
With the puck seldom leaving their offensive zone, Nash crashed the net and with a defender in front of him attempted to pass across the slot to David Vyborny. The puck never got to him, though, glancing off the skate of Shane Hnidy and into the net at the 6:44 mark.
Hnidy shrugged and hung his head as the crowd cheered.
"It was great," Nash said of the win. "The first game is always like that. You just have to remember not to get too high. It's just the first game. We're right back at it tomorrow night."
On a power play, Nash tried a shot from a hard angle at the right goal line. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov deflected the puck with his stick but it ricocheted to the left wing where Fedorov scored with a one-timer before Bryzgalov could recover.
During one flurry in the third period, the Ducks swarmed Leclaire. One shot came out of a scrum in front of the net, the puck dancing across the crossbar and falling behind Leclaire onto the goal line. Nash pulled it back before it crossed the line.
Nash then scored on power play, taking a pass behind the net from rookie
"Obviously he scored a very important goal for us," Fedorov said of Nash. "I hope he keeps scoring like that. We need it a lot. It's hard to say, because I don't want to jinx anything. If he keeps going, we keep winning."
Nash also assisted when Nikolai Zherdev fed Hainsey for a jam shot in the crease.
|Pascal Leclaire stops Andy McDonald on this attempt and every other Anaheim shot in this game. (AP)|
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|06:44||Rick Nash (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Sergei Fedorov, David Vyborny|
|08:50||Power Play - Sergei Fedorov (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Rick Nash, Ron Hainsey|
|07:53||Power Play - Rick Nash (2), Tip-In. Assist: Kris Russell, Fredrik Modin|
|11:48||Power Play - Ron Hainsey (1), Tip-In. Assist: Nikolai Zherdev, Rick Nash|
|01:15||McDonald, 2 min, Interference|
|07:00||Getzlaf, 2 min, Interference|
|09:28||May, 2 min, Elbowing|
|16:38||Chimera, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct|
|19:35||Marchant, 2 min, Roughing|
|01:05||Modin, 2 min, Tripping|
|08:14||Perry, 2 min, Holding|
|13:05||Foote, 2 min, Hooking|
|16:20||Boll, 5 min, Elbowing|
|16:20||Boll, 10 min, Game Misconduct|
|20:00||Getzlaf, 2 min, Roughing|
|20:00||Getzlaf, 2 min, Hooking|
|20:00||Foote, 2 min, Roughing|
|04:48||Klesla, 2 min, Boarding|
|05:17||Hejda, 2 min, High sticking|
|06:09||Bertuzzi, 2 min, Tripping|
|10:01||Kunitz, 2 min, Slashing|
|13:04||McDonald, 2 min, Holding|
|14:11||Pronger, 4 min, High sticking|
|15:11||Zherdev, 2 min, Slashing|
|15:11||McDonald, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct|
|16:57||Modin, 2 min, High sticking|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 17852|
|Referees - Kevin Pollock, Ian Walsh|
|Linesmen - Steve Barton, Brad Kovachik|