Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 10/30/11
Tomorrow is Halloween, but the Ducks got an early trick from the Columbus Blue Jackets, who handed Anaheim their second loss in a row on the road. 

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, got a real treat in what was their second win of the season, a 3-1 victory. 

You just knew that a team that was 1-9-1 on the season was going to be trouble for Anaheim.  After all, Anaheim once handed the Toronto Maple Leafs their first victory a month into their season.  Why not be generous to the Blue Jackets as well, giving them victory #2 on their season? 

Ugh.

At least the Ducks played better than they did the night before against Nashville.  And they were not shut out. 

After that, there is not much to praise.

The Ducks did not give up a goal within the first minute of the game.   That was progress.   They did give up a 5 on 3 power play at 1:36, however.  Both Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne found themselves in the penalty box and the Blue Jackets took advantage.  Rick Nash scored at 2:23 and the Ducks found themselves behind once again. 

Bobby Ryan tied up the game at 8:24 of the first period.   He was the only player successful in getting the puck behind Steve Mason, who has struggled this year.  Of course he did not struggle against the Ducks.  In fact, Mason made a couple of spectacular saves during one power play in the second period that likely made the difference between a win or a loss for the Blue Jackets.

Columbus took the lead once more with a goal from youngster Ryan Johansen at 1:57 of the second.  Johansen is at the nine game look-see mark for the Blue Jackets, who have to decide whether to keep him or send him back to juniors.  Having the game winner seems a good case for him staying. 

Fedor Tyutin got the insurance marker at 12:52 of the second period and Anaheim never got any closer. 

It was not for lack of trying, but Mason refused to let anything past. 

Dan Ellis, who got a rare start for the Ducks, did not get enough support from his teammates to be able to do an effective job.  Allowing point blank shots in front of the net usually is leaving your goaltender hanging high and dry. 

Is it November yet? 

Or should I say Movember?

The Ducks will be shaving their faces clean tomorrow evening in Washington, D.C., in anticipation of playing the Capitals on Tuesday evening.  Chances are good that the Capitals, who are off to a strong start, are going to have fun trying to dominate the clean-shaven Duckies.  

While it is certain that by the end of the road trip George Parros will have hair residing on his upper lip once again, and Corey Perry will have nothing but peach fuzz, it is not nearly as certain if the Ducks will have more points in their standings. 

Maybe when the calendar turns, so will the Ducks fortunes on the road. 



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