Columbus at Anaheim

Blue Jackets edge Ducks on Vyborny's only goal in shootout

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- All the spin doctoring by the Anaheim Ducks couldn't erase the fact that the Pacific Division leaders are 0-2 against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nikolai Zherdev scored twice and David Vyborny got the only goal in a five-round shootout, leading Columbus to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

It was the Blue Jackets' second stunning road victory over the Ducks this season. On Jan. 5, they rallied from a 3-0 deficit and beat the Ducks with four goals in the final 10:02 against Ilya Bryzgalov. Anaheim has 14 more victories and 33 more points than the Blue Jackets, who have the fourth worst record in the Western Conference.

"It's not every day you get away with a win against them when they score four times on you," Blue Jackets goalie Fredrik Norrena said. "They're one of the top teams, and they're not easy to beat when they're at home. But we played our best."

Columbus twice rallied from one-goal deficits to grab a 3-2 lead. Zherdev scored both of his goals against Jean-Sebastien Giguere during a 63-second span of the second period - matching his output for his previous 38 games.

"I just think we took them lightly," said Giguere, who had allowed six total goals in his previous four starts. "We have to realize they have some very skilled guys, and if we don't work, they'll create some chances."

Fredrik Modin scored his 200th NHL goal and Rick Nash also found the net for Columbus.

"The fact that we got a point is a very positive thing," Giguere said. "This means we can sometimes play a bad game and have some kind of positive outcome. But we can't really accept the kind of effort we gave. Obviously, I don't think we can be happy with our defensive game. We gave them too many scoring chances."

Anaheim tied it 3-all at 13:02 of the second on defenseman Francois Beauchemin's second goal of the game and sixth this season, while the teams skated 4-on-4. But Columbus regained the lead on Nash's 22nd goal.

Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who had won their previous five games and six straight at home. Anaheim has 96 points, two fewer than the franchise record set last season and three fewer than NHL-leading Detroit.

"If you compete this hard you're going to beat all the teams -- whether it's these guys, or Dallas, or Nashville, or whoever," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're learning how to compete at a very high level and getting better every day."

Kunitz sent the game into overtime, scoring his 23rd goal from the edge of the crease with 1:50 left in regulation after Teemu Selanne set him up with a perfect pass through defenseman Ron Hainsey.

"It seemed like we weren't on the same page, as far as controlled breakouts out of our own end," Beauchemin said. "We turned the puck over too many times and messed up some plays. We've got to find a way to stay focused in every game for 60 minutes. It wasn't that good of a game for us, but we still got a point out of it."

Anaheim opened the scoring at 10:03 of the first period when Perry banked the puck in off Norrena's left skate for his 16th goal.

But the Blue Jackets, 3-for-33 on the power play in their previous nine games, tied it at 18:51 as Modin knocked in a rebound while Anaheim's Sean O'Donnell was serving a cross-checking penalty. The Ducks had been perfect killing penalties for five games (20-for-20).

Columbus was short on defensemen because of injuries to Adam Foote, Anders Eriksson and Bryan Berard, so six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov played a regular shift on defense. Fedorov won the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward twice while with Detroit.


  • The Ducks will play two of their final five regular-season games at Columbus.
  • Norrena, who blocked a penalty shot by Selanne with 21 seconds remaining to preserve the previous win over Anaheim, also stopped Selanne on the Ducks' second shot in the shootout.
  • The Ducks had 38 shots and held a 7-0 advantage against Columbus in overtime.
  • Dustin Penner's assist on Beauchemin's first goal was his 41st point, tying the club rookie record set last season by Kunitz. Penner already broke Kunitz's mark for goals.
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Chris Kunitz scores in regulation, but cannot beat Fredrik Norrena on his shootout attempt. (AP)
Chris Kunitz scores in regulation, but cannot beat Fredrik Norrena on his shootout attempt. (AP)
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Three Stars
F. Beauchemin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
N. Zherdev

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Selanne

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
10:03Corey Perry (16), Snap Shot - Assists: Scott Niedermayer, Sean O'Donnell
18:51Power Play - Fredrik Modin (17), Snap Shot - Assists: Rick Nash, Ron Hainsey
02:40Francois Beauchemin (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Dustin Penner, Teemu Selanne
03:41Nikolai Zherdev (9), Snap Shot - Assist: David Vyborny
04:44Nikolai Zherdev (10), Snap Shot - Assists: Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin
13:02Francois Beauchemin (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Samuel Pahlsson, Scott Niedermayer
12:49Rick Nash (24), Wrap Shot - Assists: Fredrik Modin, Rostislav Klesla
18:10Chris Kunitz (22), Snap Shot - Assists: Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer
Penalty Summary
14:53Nash: Roughing - 2 min.
18:17O'Donnell: Cross Check - 2 min.
00:26Fedorov: Slashing - 2 min.
09:47Svitov: Hooking - 2 min.
11:21Methot: Hooking - 2 min.
12:11McDonald: Cross Check - 2 min.
17:49Beauchemin: Tripping - 2 min.
03:23Moen: Tripping - 2 min.
06:14Tollefsen: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
06:14McDonald: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
06:14Selanne: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
09:41Perry: Tripping - 2 min.
02:11Hainsey: Holding - 2 min.
04:29Getzlaf: Hooking - 2 min.
Fredrik Norrena 64:5834450
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 65:0023451
Game Information
Attendance - 17174
Referees - Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Brad Lazarowich
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