COLUMBUS OH - OCTOBER 20: Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks controls the puck in front of Antoine Vermete #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 20 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Anaheim Ducks Drop Opening Game Of Road Trip In Columbus

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Ducks Fall To Blue Jackets, 3-1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored twice to lead Columbus to a 3-1 win over Anaheim at Nationwide Arena.

Derek MacKenzie added the other goal and Steve Mason turned away 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four since an opening night loss.

Teemu Selanne scored his 609th career goal to move into sole possession of 16th place on the all-time list, but the Ducks lost for the fifth time in seven games to start the season.

Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots in defeat.

Columbus broke the scoreless deadlock 3 1/2 minutes into the second period.

MacKenzie blocked a shot at the point, picked up the disc and raced down the left side before he snapped a shot from the bottom of the circle that beat Hiller to the short side.

"I thought we played well," MacKenzie said. "Do we have room to improve, yeah. There were a few parts in the game where we took penalties and those are things on some nights that are going to catch up to us. For the most part, the guys had a gritty, hard-working game. We did exactly what we planned to do and we got the two points."

The Jackets scored again just 71 seconds later when Nash's attempted pass to Antoine Vermette on the right doorstep caromed off defenseman Toni Lydman past Hiller.

Selanne got the Ducks on the board 58 seconds into the third period as he took a pass from Jason Blake at the Columbus blue line and snapped a shot from the right circle past Mason.

Nash took an errant pass off the right boards and shot from outside the blueline into the empty Anaheim net to seal the win with 28 seconds to play.

Anaheim, which had come into the game with six goals in 19 man-advantage chances in the last four games, went 0-for-5 on the power play.

"I think we did some things very well, but we made mistakes, too," Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle said. "Tonight our power play was good in some situations, as far as creating chances. But in the latter part, we just stood around and didn't really move and attack the box. We got some shots, but everything was from the perimeter."

Selanne is one behind Bobby Hull, who is 15th all-time with 610 goals...The Finnish sniper has 1,265 career points, one behind Jean Ratelle for 34th all- time...Anaheim's top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry and Bobby Ryan, who had combined for 19 points in the last three games was held scoreless...Ducks' rookie defenseman Cam Fowler was scratched with a broken nose suffered in Sunday's game...The Ducks will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to finish the second of 15 back-to-back sets...Mason earned his third career win over Anaheim...Nash has 13 goals and 27 points in 27 games against the Ducks...Wednesday was his 32nd career multi-goal game...MacKenzie has goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career...Blue Jackets left wing Ethan Moreau was injured in the second period and did not return...The road team had won six of the prior eight meetings before Wednesday...The attendance for the game was 9,802, the smallest home crowd to see the Blue Jackets in their 10-year history.


Ducks' Cam Fowler Scratched For Game In Columbus

Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Cam Fowler, who had his nose broken in a hit by Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night, will not play tonight, as the Ducks begin a four-game road trip in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. The 18-year old Fowler, who was selected 12th overall in the first round of this year's NHL draft, has played in all six games so far for the Ducks this season. Fowler is sixth on the team in average time on the ice, with just over 20 minutes per game. Fowler has scored one goal, and has two assists so far this season.

The Ducks are 0-3 on the road this season, and have been outscored 13-2 in those three games. They just completed a 2-0-1 homestand in which they outscored their opponents 11-9.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Ducks Recall Syvret After Mikkelson Claimed By Calgary

After defenseman Brendan Mikkelson was claimed yesterday by the Calgary Flames, the Anaheim Ducks recalled defeseman Danny Syvret from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, the club announced.

Arthur from Anaheim Calling analyzed yesterday's roster moves:

Mikkelson struggled in the preseason and season, though he did play key time on the penalty kill and at even strength, perhaps as a prelude to making him available on the waiver wire.  Syvret was on the ice to practice with the Ducks in Columbus today according to Helene Elliott's Twitter, but he, too, struggled in his time with the Ducks before hitting the waiver wire.  It is unclear how much Anaheim will use him as the 7th defenseman on the upcoming road trip, especially with the team still trying to break in defensemen Toni Lydman and Andreas Lilja.

For more Ducks news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Anaheim Ducks Begin Four-Game Road Trip In Columbus

(Sports Network) - Neither Anaheim nor Columbus have won back-to-back games yet this season. For one of those teams, that fact will change tonight when the Blue Jackets host the Ducks at Nationwide Arena.

The Ducks began the season 0-3 and were outscored by a whopping 13-2 margin during that awful stretch. Since then, however, Anaheim has notched a point in three straight contests (2-0-1) and is coming off Sunday's home win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Corey Perry netted the go-ahead goal with 5:37 remaining to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes at the Honda Center. Bobby Ryan assisted on each goal while captain Ryan Getzlaf added a pair of helpers for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves to register the win.

Anaheim led 2-0 after 40 minutes, but allowed Phoenix to even the score in the third period before Perry came through with the game-winner.

"It got hairy there, but the bottom line is we won the hockey game. Wins have been at a premium for us so we'll take it," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said.

Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler scored his first career goal for the Ducks, but left the game with a broken nose. Fowler has accompanied the team at the start of its four-game road trip and the 18-year-old rookie may be able to play tonight.

The Blue Jackets are also coming off a win on Saturday as they clipped the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul. R.J. Umberger tallied the game-winner while his club was shorthanded midway through the third period to lift the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory at Xcel Energy Center.

Derek Dorsett and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Blue Jackets, who recorded their first regulation win of the year. Mathieu Garon was strong in net, making 21 stops.

"We gotta be a team that will see a lot of bumps in the road. We're young, sometimes unsure what we're doing. If we lose, we have to go out and respond the next night," said Umberger. "That's what we did. We showed a lot of character in a gutsy road win."

The Blue Jackets lost their home opener to Chicago on Friday and will try to notch their first win of the season at Nationwide Arena tonight.

On the injury front, Columbus defensemen Mike Commodore (thumb) and Anton Stralman (shoulder) are questionable for tonight's contest. Commodore has missed the last two games, while Stralman injured himself in Friday's game against the Blackhawks.

Columbus won three out of four against the Ducks last year, but Anaheim has taken seven of 11 overall in the series. The Blue Jackets have also dropped seven out of nine on home ice to the Ducks.

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