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COLUMBUS 3, DUCKS 2 (SO) : Struggles on road continue for Ducks

November 14, 2009|Associated Press

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Rick Nash scored the winning shootout goal and also had a goal in regulation, and Mathieu Garon stopped both Ducks shooters in the tiebreaker to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory Friday night.

Kristian Huselius also scored in the shootout and had a goal and an assist for Columbus, which rebounded from a 9-1 loss to Detroit on Wednesday night, the Blue Jackets' worst home loss in franchise history.

Antoine Vermette added two assists and the backup Garon stepped in for Steve Mason and stopped 32 shots.

Bobby Ryan and Todd Marchant scored for the Ducks, who have lost four straight on the road.

Ryan Getzlaf had two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves in his first start since Oct. 24.

In overtime, Columbus was assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice, but the Ducks -- 0 for 11 on the power play the last two games -- failed to convert.

In the first period, Getzlaf skated down the right wing into the Columbus zone and zipped a cross-ice pass to Ryan for a one-timer. Corey Perry also picked up an assist.

Getzlaf and Perry have scored in 10 consecutive games, the current longest points streaks in the NHL.

Columbus worked itself back into the game and Nash drew them even. He took a lead breakaway pass from Huselius and beat Giguere with a slap shot.

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