By Adam Tenenbaum
Fresh off winning two in a row to start November, the Ducks looked to make it three straight as they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night at Honda Center. Before the game the Ducks received good news as they welcomed the return of their captain Ryan Getzlaf, who had missed the previous four games following appendectomy surgery on October 28th.
The Ducks wasted no time getting on the board as Getzlaf found Corey Perry for a breakaway that was stopped by Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney, but the rebound would go to Cam Fowler who put it in the back of the net. The Ducks led 1-0. The Ducks would out-shoot the Blue Jackets 11-10 after one period. Also at the end of the period, Columbus forward Ryan Johansen and Ducks forward Chris Stewart each went to the box at 20 minutes even.
After the penalties expired both teams went back to 5 on 5, then Columbus forward Boone Jenner was sent to the box for interference, giving the Ducks their first power play of the night. The power play was unsuccessful despite some good puck movement. Minutes later Cody Goloubef was sent to the box for holding at 5:51, giving the Ducks another power play. This time, the Ducks would be successful as Patrick Maroon buried a rebound past McElhinney giving the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Following the goal the Blue Jackets would finally get on the board as Brandon Dubinsky found Scott Hartnetll, who one-timed it past Frederik Andersen to cut the lead to 2-1 Ducks. Later in the period Scott Hartnell and Corey Perry each get tangled up following a save by McElhinney. Each was given two for roughing, but Hartnell received an additional minor for charging giving the Ducks another Power play chance. Ducks did not score as the Jackets killed off the penalty. Then the Blue Jackets would get a power play of their own, as Clayton Stoner went to the box for holding. Ducks nearly kill the penalty, but with five seconds left in the Stoner minor, Kevin Bieksa is called for tripping, giving the Jackets a two-man advantage for five seconds, with 12.6 seconds left in the second. Shots were 11-10 in favor of the Ducks in the second period.
Columbus would start the third with the extra man for 1:48 to start the period. The Ducks would kill it off as they clung to their one goal lead. Minutes later that would change as Corey Perry found Josh Manson in the slot, who wrists it past McElhinney for his first NHL goal of his career giving the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Ducks would remain up two goals until one minute left in the period, as Hartnell potted his second of the night, to cut the lead to 3-2. Seconds later, Clayton Stoner put the game on ice, as he shoots the puck into the empty net giving the Ducks a 4-2 lead with just 16 seconds remaining in the third. The horn would then sound, as the Ducks defeat the Blue Jackets 4-2 and win their third in a row.
1. Ryan Getzlaf: Getzlaf returned to the lineup and was a huge factor in tonight’s win, as he assisted on 3 of the 4 goals.
2. Corey Perry: Perry was also wrecking havoc all night, as he was re-united with longtime teammate Ryan Getzlaf, and also had 3 assists in the win.
3. Josh Manson: He returned from injury and scored his first NHL game. He also had three hits and one blocked shot while logging almost 20 minutes of ice time.
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