For the first time in 83 days, the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive games. Thanks to a four-goal explosion in the first period, the Ducks were able to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 in a battle of the teams with the two worst records in the National Hockey League. However, the Ducks have a problem at goalie.
Jonas Hiller started the game in net for Anaheim, but left with what the team called a lower body injury and did not return. With backup Dan Ellis placed on injured reserve earlier in the day and expected to miss four weeks with an injured groin, the Ducks turned to Iiro Tarkki for his NHL debut, and he picked up the win saving five of seven shots.
Corey Perry had a hat trick for the Ducks and Teemu Selanne scored two goals, while Bobby Ryan and Lubomir Visnovsky each had two assists. The last time Anaheim won consecutive games came on October 17, when a 3-2 win at San Jose was the fourth consecutive victory for the Ducks.
Anaheim concludes its homestand Tuesday night as they host the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.
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