Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 2/19/13

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 1: Goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on February 1, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The Ducks keep rolling.  Even when they have a hiccup here and there, they manage to regroup, recover and end up with two points at the end of an evening. The latest two points came in a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  This was their fifth win a row and it did not come easily. After returning home from a six game road trip, Anaheim had a rough start against Columbus.  Their legs were not there and the Blue Jackets dominated for most of the first period.  Fortunately Jonas Hiller, who was back in net 10 days after having strained his groin against Dallas, was up to the task and kept the Ducks in the game until they could wake up. Vinny Prospal got the Blue Jackets on the board at 3:30, with an assist to Prospal's face.  It could easily have been a much higher score, but Hiller was motivated to be in top form.  A very successful Viktor Fasth breathing down Hiller's neck is good motivation. "We could have been down 4-0 after the first 10 minutes, but (Hiller) kept us in there until we battled back," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "His athleticism was great. Some of the saves he made, he shouldn't have made. But he did, and that was what we saw last year from January through March, and that's what makes him a great goaltender." In the middle of the first period, Peter Holland was called for an interference penalty.  The Blue Jackets got a questionable call as time was winding down on the power play, so both teams spent the last :23 seconds playing 4 on 4.  When Holland was sprung from the penalty box, Ben Lovejoy and Bobby Ryan did a great job getting the puck to Holland.  Holland took off down the ice and made a beauty of a shot that landed behind Igor Bobrovsky.  Tie game. :21 seconds later, Ryan Getzlaf got a puck through traffic and through Corey Perry's legs to make it 2-1 at 16:17. It was clear the Ducks finally woke up. "They paly a hard game, dump the puck into the zone and get after it," said Perry.  "We weren't ready the first ten minutes, but then we found our legs." And as usual, the Ducks did not panic. Holland called it "a quiet confidence."  The kind of confidence that you know that even if you are down, you can still come back and you will come back.   Columbus gave the Ducks a good run for their money, though.  They continued to push hard and dominate for parts of the remaining game.  Anaheim stood firm, though. Perry got his third of the year on the power play at 8:44 of the third period to give the Ducks a two goal lead.  They needed it.  Derrick Brassard made it 3-2 at 12:06 and the Ducks could not sit back. In the end, they held on for the regulation win, despite Perry being in the box late and Columbus having a 6 on 4 advantage with an empty net at the other end.  "We knew it was going to be a tough test coming off of a successful road trip," said Perry.  "It’s not easy when you come home and you have to play two nights later. We did what we had to do tonight and we got away with two points." Now after winning five in a row, the Ducks will have five days off to recover a bit before their next game against Colorado on Sunday.  Hopefully Cam Fowler will be able to rejoin the line up.  Fowler is now skating again with the team after suffering a mild concussion on February 2. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Butler’s attitude toward Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

St. Louis Cardinals to hold first LGBTQ Pride Night

John Mara: Extending Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t team’s No. 1 priority

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets swap Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Matt Forte expected to be ‘offensive workhorse’ for Jets?

Jay Cutler has no idea how to retire from NFL

Fan petitions to bring MLB to Charlotte, N.C.

Joel Embiid destroys Lonzo Ball on Twitter

Pacers president: Paul George wanting to leave is a ‘gut punch’

Report: Chiefs GM John Dorsey was ‘blindsided’ by firing

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker