Ducks right wing Corey Perry is congratulated by defenseman Toni Lydman… (Alex Gallardo / Associated…)
Eleven goals scored, four goalies and two injuries taking players out of the game.
You might say it is a good thing the Ducks and Blue Jackets aren't in the same division. Who knows what else would happen if they played more often?
Sunday featured enough twists and turns for a week of action. The Ducks beat Columbus, 7-4, at Honda Center, led by Corey Perry's fourth career hat trick and two goals from Teemu Selanne and a three-point night from center Saku Koivu.
The winning goalie was a 26-year-old Finn named Iiro Tarkki, who arrived in Anaheim at about 11 a.m., on a flight from Philadelphia, and had no idea he would be making his NHL debut. Tarkki was pressed into service when Ducks starter Jonas Hiller suffered a lower-body injury near the end of the first period.
Tarkki was summoned from their minor league team in Syracuse, N.Y., when backup Dan Ellis suffered a groin injury in practice Saturday and was placed on injured reserve. Ellis is expected to be out at least four weeks. Hiller's injury is thought not to be nearly as serious.
Two goalies injured in two days. This got Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau wondering what would happen if Tarkki got hurt against the Blue Jackets.
"I asked what is the scenario for that if it happens," Boudreau said. "You can pick anybody from the stands. We would have been over on the loudspeaker: 'Anybody played goal?'"
Star search was not required.
"It feels pretty weird," said Tarkki, who allowed three goals. "We [Syracuse] had a game yesterday in Wilkes-Barre [Pa.] and we left after the game, just our tracksuits on and now we're here. It's pretty amazing."
Columbus had its own goaltending issues, having to pull starter Steve Mason after he allowed four goals on 16 shots in the first period, replacing him with Curtis Sanford.
But the Ducks didn't make it easy for their rookie goalie. Not long after the Blue Jackets cut the Ducks' lead to 6-4 at 14:06 of the third on Vinny Prospal's goal, Anaheim enforcer J.F. Jacques received a five-minute major and an automatic game misconduct for elbowing RJ Umberger at 14:17.
"There's no reason to be doing hard hits at a stage like that when you've got a lead," Boudreau said. "Let's contain. Let's not get them ticked off."
Jacques, who was called up from Syracuse earlier in the day along with Tarkki, could be facing supplementary discipline from the league. Previously, he was given a five-game suspension during the preseason.
Columbus Coach Scott Arniel thought that hit would be reviewed as well as the one from Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin on the Blue Jackets' Jeff Carter. Carter left the game in the first minute of the third period and did not return. Columbus said he suffered a separated shoulder.
"One's a blindside and the other he's leaving his feet," Arniel said of the two hits. "In our opinion, both of those were illegal hits. I'm sure the league will be looking at those."
This was the first time the Ducks have won consecutive games since the first month of the season. "We knew this morning when we came to the rink what their record was and what ours was," Perry said. "Where we are is unacceptable."
Said Selanne: "We realize if we're going to lose tonight, we're going to be rock bottom. So we didn't want to do that."