ANAHEIM, Calif. – Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves. The only puck that eluded him was Andrew Murray’s first NHL goal at 15:59 of the first period.
Pronger, who beat the Blue Jackets with an overtime goal on Dec. 10 at Columbus, gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 lead with just 14.7 seconds left in the second period, while Sergei Fedorov was serving a hooking penalty.
The Ducks’ captain took what appeared to be a routine slap shot toward the net from the left point, and defenceman Ron Hainsey made a move to glove the fluttering puck. But as he jerked his hand away at the last instant, it deflected off him and past goalie Pascal Leclaire’s glove.
Getzlaf opened the scoring at 3:03 of the first period with his 15th goal, getting a step on defenceman Adam Foote and beating Leclaire to the stick side with a short backhander after he was sent into the zone with a lead pass from Francois Beauchemin.
Murray, a 26-year-old centre selected 242nd overall in the 2001 draft, tied it when he converted his own rebound after pouncing on a loose puck just outside the Anaheim blue line. He was playing in his third NHL game, after getting promoted on emergency recall from Syracuse of the AHL on Dec. 27, when Manny Malhotra and Michael Peca were placed on injured reserve.
Malhotra returned to the lineup after missing six games with sprained knee. Peca, who took a blow to the head in a loss to Nashville on Dec. 23, missed his fifth straight game and David Vyborny sat out with a groin injury.
Notes: Ducks LW Brad May, who rode in the City of Anaheim float with the Stanley Cup in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, missed his seventh straight game with a broken right foot. … The Ducks are 104-57-27 in the regular season since obtaining Beauchemin in a trade that sent Fedorov to Columbus on Nov. 15, 2005. The Blue Jackets are 81-88-17 since the deal went through. … Anaheim has not allowed a third-period goal in its last eight home games. … Eight of the previous nine meetings between the Ducks and Blue Jackets were won by the visiting team. Columbus opened its season with a 4-0 home win against Anaheim. … Malhotra came in with a league-leading 60.0 winning percentage on faceoffs. … The Ducks traded D Shane Hnidy and a sixth-round draft pick to Boston for RW Brandon Bochenski. … Wednesday was Anaheim RW Todd Bertuzzi’s 33rd birthday. … Anaheim is 5-2-1 since playoff MVP Scott Niedermayer returned to the lineup. … The Ducks won the season series 3-1. … Anaheim C Samuel Pahlsson missed his fourth straight game because of abdominal inflammation.