Found October 28, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
TEAMS: Anaheim Ducks
Preview: Anaheim Ducks (8-3-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-5-0) The Anaheim Ducks look to use the momentum from their 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday to continue a new winning streak tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be the first time the two teams meet as members of separate conferences. Columbus joined the Metropolitan division in the Eastern Conference when the NHL realigned the league prior to this season. The Ducks would earn points in all three meetings against the Blue Jackets last season after winning a game and losing twice in overtime. All inter-conference opponents will have a two game home-and-home series, thus Columbus will make their visit Honda Center on Feb. 5. This change allows all teams to play in every arena against every team, one of the best moves the NHL has made in some time. The Ducks are now into the middle of their eight-game, 15 day Eastern Conference road swing, so far posting a record of 1-2. The Ducks are winners of eight of their last 10 games to improve their season record to 8-3 while Columbus started the season just 2-5 but come in as winners of their last three games, including a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, to improve to 5-5. The Ducks win over the Senators on Friday may definitely be costly long term for Anaheim. They lost winger Jakob Silfverberg for 4-6 weeks with a broken right hand, and center Mathieu Perreault also left the game with a sprained left wrist and is considered day-to-day. The injury bug has been hitting Anaheim hard early in the season, now giving them seven players inactive for tonight’s game. It has been a true test of the depth of the Ducks and so far the young players have made the most of the challenge and stepped up and in to their roles. They will have to do the same tonight in order to get two points against the Blue Jackets. Frederik Andersen will make his second consecutive start in goal for the Ducks after he has won both games he has appeared in so far this season. Injury Report: Anaheim: Luca Sbisa (ankle) on injured reserve Sheldon Souray (wrist) on injured reserve Matt Beleskey (broken thumb) on injured reserve Viktor Fasth (lower body injury) on injured reserve Dustin Penner (concussion symptoms) inactive, joined Ducks in Columbus Mathieu Perreault (sprained wrist) day-to-day Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) injured reserve, out 4-6 weeks Columbus: Nathan Horton (shoulder) on injured reserve Cody Bass (thumb) on injured reserve Matt Calvert (abdomen) on injured reserve Boone Jenner (leg injury) out Derek MacKenzie (lower body injury) out   Game: The Ducks once again found themselves in a dog fight on the road in Columbus. Anaheim has not looked as dominant on the road this season as they have at home, coming in with just a 3-3 road record. One of the biggest factors in tonight’s game was the lack of discipline of Columbus. The Blue Jackets tallied 21 minutes in penalties compared to the Ducks’ two minutes, which occurred in the final two minutes of the game. The Ducks had two first period power plays, but what has become a consistent problem continued as they could not score on either opportunity. Andersen would come back down to earth a bit after two impressive wins by the Ducks rookie goaltender. Columbus dominated most of the first period and made it seem like it would be a long night for Anaheim. The Jackets would take the 1-0 lead into the first intermission because of the goal scored by Blake Comeau at 12:56 assisted by Ryan Johansen and David Savard. The Ducks did not wait long to get things turned around in the second period. Ryan Getzlaf would score just 19 seconds into the period to tie the game at one. Peter Holland would give the Ducks the 2-1 lead with a goal at 6:59 of the second period. At 12:12 of the period the Ducks power play got even worse by allowing Columbus’ Artem Anisimov to score shorthanded to tie the game at two when Cam Fowler mishandled a puck that allowed Anisimov a breakaway chance on Andersen. At the end of the period the Ducks injury issues would get even worse. Saku Koivu took a shot from Brandon Dubinsky, in which Dubinsky received a game misconduct after receiving a five minute penalty for interference. Koivu had to be helped from the ice and did not return to the game. It’s not the first time a Ducks player has been injured on what could be considered a cheap shot. Dustin Penner suffered the same fate in a game against the Dallas Stars just last week. The penalty, however, may have won the Ducks the game. They started the third period with over four minutes on the power play and were able to cash in with an Emerson Etem rebound after a shot by Teemu Selanne at 1:51 of the third. “We did absolutely need it because I thought that was going to be a complete game changer if we didn’t score on that power play,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. Anisimov would score his second goal of the night off the assist of former Duck James Wisniewski at 8:24 to once again tie the game. Wisniewski point shot was redirected by Anisimov, one of the hardest shots for a goalie to stop. Corey Perry would net the Ducks game winning goal with just 2:25 remaining in the game when Columbus’ Dalton Prout would attempt to make a pass off the boards behind his own net. The puck would bounce back right in front of the goal for Perry to get by Sergie Bobrovsky. The Ducks still had to hold on for the win when their only penalty of the night left the team shorthanded for the remaining 1:27 of the game. The Ducks would survive a six-on-four advantage after Columbus pulled their goalie late trying to tie the game. The Ducks second straight win improved their record to (9-3-0) and moved them into second place in the Pacific division. The Ducks road trip will continue Tuesday night Oct. 29 in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia Flyers.   Fred McCarthy @FMcSocalsports  
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