Even though the Ducks did not play nearly as well as they did against Detroit, they did well enough to get a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Getting plenty of offense helped earn Anaheim two more crucial points in the standings.
Of the five goals, three of them had Corey Perry’s name on them. Perry earned his fifth career hat trick and second this season. Both hat tricks this season have come against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Too bad the Ducks don’t play them again this year.
Perry started things going just :46 seconds into the game, putting the puck behind Steve Mason. He extended the lead with his second of the game at 16:15 on the power play.
“It was important, especially because they played last night, to get a lead,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “When you get a lead, and they played last night, it’s a little easier to make them quit.”
The Blue Jackets might have played the night before, but they did not quit.
Wearing their third jerseys with the cannon on the front, they got to hear the cannon blow off a round when Fedor Tyutin got a power play goal at 17:41 to tighten things up again.
The Ducks had no problem extending the lead in the second period. An early goal from Jason Blake at 1:36 gave Anaheim the two goal lead once again. Bobby Ryan added another power play goal at 2:58 to make it 4-1.
A few minutes later, Lubomir Visnovsky got into a rare fight. His last one? Against Dustin Byfuglien while Visnovsky was a member of the Kings. Visnovsky not only got the fighting major, but also an extra two minutes for roughing with Derick Brassard. To top it off, he get a game misconduct for not having his jersey tied down.
“I don’t tie up the jersey because I never think I’m going to fight,” said Visnovsky. “Maybe I start to tie it up.”
Because he did not tie down the jersey, the Ducks were without Visnovsky’s services for the remainder of the game. But they managed without him.
When given their third power play of the night, the Ducks made it 3 for 3 with the man advantage and Perry got another hat trick at 12:38. Perhaps Columbus should stay out of the penalty box?
“It’s just the way it bounces, I guess,” Perry said. “I had a lot of shots (11 out of the Ducks 35 total). They were bound to find a way in. I played with a couple good linemates tonight, too. They were finding me. We had a lot of chances toget
Aaron Johnson made it 5-2 with under a minute to go in the second period. When Antoine Vermette scored on the power play at 5:27 of the third period, it was time to be a little nervous for the Ducks.
Jonas Hiller stood fast and stopped everything else and the Ducks held on for the win and the two points.
“It was a sloppy game,” Boudreau said. “I told them to never complain about winning a game. If we want to continue to win on this trip we have to get more like we played in Detroit rather than (how) we played here.”
Next opportunity will be back to back games on Tuesday against Minnesota and Wednesday against Pittsburgh. The Ducks are only five points behind Minnesota in the standings, so two points will be critical.