Nick Foligno scored two third-period goals and the Blue Jackets opened a tough West Coast trip with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night. Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Jackets, who handed the NHL’s top team only its fourth regulation loss at the Honda Center this season. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 34 saves, a handful of them worthy of the highlight shows. It marked a third straight win for the Blue Jackets, solidifying their third-place standing in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets became the first club to score more than three goals against Ducks rookie goaltender Fredrik Andersen, who had been 7-0-0 at home this season. Anaheim got third-period goals from Matthieu Perreault and Ryan Getzlaf, but the Blue Jackets pulled away thanks to Foligno’s 14th and 15th goals of the season. It was a physical game, as one might expect from Anaheim, but the Blue Jackets withstood the Ducks’ onslaught early in the game before play leveled out, and they withstood a major push by the Ducks after they pulled to 2-1 early in the third. The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead at 11:10 of the first period. Johansen found space through the left faceoff circle and was fed the puck by Nathan Horton. Johansen unleashed a wrist shot that whizzed through a crowd in front of Andersen. It remained 1-0 well into the second before the Jackets pushed it 2-0 on the power play. Defenseman Jack Johnson and Foligno did yeomen’s work to keep the puck in the Jackets’ possession and in the zone, just seconds before James Wisniewski ripped a wrister from atop the left faceoff circle.
Blue Jackets 4, Ducks 2: Foligno, Bobrovsky get trip off to successful start
Columbus Dispatch | Feb 4