Foligno’s Pair Of Goals Helps Blue Jackets Defeat Ducks, 4-2
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBSLA.com/AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Nick Foligno scored twice in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets also got goals from Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets are 11-0-3 since Jan. 6, a stretch that began with a franchise-record eight-game winning streak. Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, is 10-2-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average in his last 12 starts after missing 14 games because of a groin strain.
Mathieu Perreault and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim and Federik Anderson stopped 29 shots.
The Ducks, who entered the game coming off a loss to the Dallas Stars, another two goal loss, at the Honda Center on Saturday night, are 4-5-0 since Jan. 15 but still lead Chicago for the league’s highest point total with two games left before the Olympic break. They host the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Wednesday night, less than three weeks after the Hawks ended Anaheim’s phenomenal 18-1 surge with a 4-2 win at United Center.
Bobrovsky’s best save came at 5:25 of the second period, when he flicked out his right leg at the last instant to thwart Andrew Cogliano at the end of a 2-on-1 rush with Corey Perry. The Ducks got on the board at 5:45 of the third when Perreault converted a centering pass from Patrick Maroon at the edge of the crease to trim Columbus’ lead to 2-1.
But Foligno got that goal back with 11:12 remaining, popping the puck over Anderson’s shoulder after the Ducks’ goalie stopped Umberger’s wide-angle shot from the right corner. The other assist went to Artem Anisimov.
Foligno added his 15th goal with 6:53 to play, converting a rebound with 17 seconds left on a 5-on-3 advantage after Saku Koivu and defenseman Hampus Lindholm were sent off simultaneously for high-sticking and cross-checking.
Johansen won all six faceoffs he took in the first period and opened the scoring at the 11:10 mark with his team-high 23rd goal, sending a one-timer between Corey Perry’s legs and over Andersen’s glove from 25 feet out after Nathan Horton set him up in the left circle.
Umberger made 2-0 at 16:43 of the second with his 15th of the season, after Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen was sent off for tripping him. Former Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski got the puck at the top of the left circle from Mark Letestu and took a slap shot that ricocheted into the net off Umberger’s right skate.
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