Selanne scored a goal and assisted on three power-play goals in the third period, and Anaheim beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Thursday night to set a franchise record for road wins with 20. “We just had to play a pretty solid road game and I think we did,” Selanne said. “Jiggy (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) gave us a chance to win the game. The power play was a key factor too.”
Anaheim is chasing their first division title since entering the league in 1993 and the President’s Trophy for the most regular season points.
“The power play finally stepped up,” said Chris Pronger of the league’s third-best unit that was only 5-for-30 over the previous seven games. “We kind of got clicking again. That’s big for us down the stretch.”
Pronger had two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who won 3-1 in Chicago on Wednesday. Anaheim has a sic-point lead over San Jose and Dallas in the Pacific Division. They won their 46th game and now have 104 points, extending their franchise records.
Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin each added a goal and an assist.
Aaron Johnson and Sergei Fedorov scored for Columbus, which had a 2-1 lead early in the third period but had its four-game winning streak snapped.
The Ducks scored four goals in the third period, including two on the power play 3:50 apart to take the lead.
“We didn’t get the job done in the third period,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We didn’t get the kills.”
Moments after the Ducks had a goal waved off, Selanne fed former Blue Jackets defenceman Beauchemin at the back post to make it 2-2 at 3:48.
“I don’t think we were disheartened,” Pronger said of the disallowed goal.
Selanne then sent a pass to Getzlaf, who stepped from the left end line and let go a shot at 7:38 that hit off the leg of Columbus defenceman Ron Hainsey and past goaltender Fredrick Norrena, who was stellar the first two periods.
Pronger scored his 13th with a slap shot from the right circle at 14:53 to make it 4-2 with another power play goal.
Selanne scored into an empty net with two seconds remaining.
“We found a way to get specialty team goals,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
During a scoreless first period, Norrena made two superb saves during the second half of the period on point blank chances by Anaheim’s Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz on odd-man rushes. Norrena finished with 26 saves.
Giguere then stood strong, flashing his glove to stop David Vyborny’s snap shot minutes into the second period. He made 23 stops.
Columbus broke through on a fluky goal at 6:40 to make it 1-0.
Jody Shelley smacked a slap shot from the left circle that Giguere kicked aside into traffic. Johnson was credited with the rebound goal, which withstood video review after it appeared to hit the skate of defenceman Kent Huskins and quickly bounce off the net.
With Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Kunitz in the penalty box for roughing late in the period, Pronger’s shot from the left boards deflected off Columbus defenceman Anders Eriksson and past Norrena at 19:20 to tie it.
The goal was Pronger’s first point in his fourth game back since missing with seven games with a broken toe.
“We needed this hockey game a lot more than they did,” Pronger said. “We didn’t stray from what our task was. It was a physical game.”
The Blue Jackets quickly regained the lead early in the third period.
Rick Nash cut across the Anaheim blue line, dropped a pass to Fedorov, who fired a shot from the slot through traffic to score at 1:02 for his 18th and first in 12 games. Fedorov has played the last nine games on defence.
Notes: Since joining the league in 2000, Columbus has never finished higher than 13th in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets entered in 11th place. … Anaheim plays three of their remaining four games on the road. … The Blue Jackets’ Fredrik Modin, who has 22 goals, left with a groin injury in the second period and did not return.